You hear people complaining about a new gas station, a new super store or buildings of industry being constructed every other time we turn around. On every street corner in every town, we are surrounded. Well, sorry there really is no argument for that and since taking pictures of one more gas pump is not really inspirational, then let’s look on the other street corners, the ones down near the Ohio River, instead of looking for the negative, less artistic subjects.
“Houses of the Holy”
Open your eyes to the world of old design architecture, in a time when all building were not created equal. In fact these buildings I speak of are still exquisite after centuries of newer, more modern, sleeker buildings have gone up and some of them have even come back down again. Yet still these works of art stand tall and proud. Local historical landmark churches is the subject I am going to show you in this article.
“Do you see what your Camera Sees?”
There is almost an air of mysterious tranquility that can be sensed at the front doors, which seem to be inviting you in. Not only can you sense this, but your camera can capture the feeling of serenity… the stillness of the calm… and the wonder of the ages past. How can a camera do all of this you ask? Cameras see everything, perhaps even things that you do not. A camera is just a tool and it is not influenced by what is and is not physically possible, therefore if the photographer can imagine it through the view finder then a whole new world of possibilities will await you.
“Beauty unbounded yet spiritually surrounded”
Think about it for just one moment. We are not talking about just any old building here ….we are talking about a house of God. And whether you believe in a creator or you don’t, it matters not. You know that many people believe that God himself lives there. As well as the name he is most known by in this culture, “God”, He is also called many names. Among them are Lord, Master and not just a King… but the King of Kings. Surely the architects’ who designed theses churches did so with the thought of making a house for supreme royalty. From the gorgeous towering panes of brightly colored stained glass that tint the suns light in shades of warm hues…to the cold, yet majestic marbled floors, and columns, that span the grand design. Some have golden cylinders that carry the musical notes from pipe organs. Statues that stand in watch as like guards in a palace.
“Can’t get enough”
Taking pictures in theses Churches is a total pleasure. If you would like to photograph a church, call or stop by ahead and set up a time that you could get in. Many photographers find that after they have done shots at their first Church, they keep coming back for more. If you are scheduled to shoot a wedding at one of these historical churches, ask if you can get in a week or so in advance to see how the light will enter and the shadows will fall at the same time the wedding will be performed. Take test shots, lots of test shots. There is nothing saying that you can’t use these test shots in your own collection or portfolio. I hope you have enjoyed this article. In the future you will see more collections of churches from me. I am one of the many photographers that keep coming back for more.