Monday, June 11, 2007

The light that guides us

I’ve always enjoyed taking photographs. I am one of those people who feels more comfortable being a watcher, along the fringes of the world, rather than being knee-deep in the fray. I don’t do well with pictures of people for some reason, I just can’t ever capture them well enough like other photographers can. My eye tends to prefer doors, windows and facades – and especially churches of all types (the older, the better).

Luckily, in Thessaloniki, I have a lion’s share of Byzantine churches all around me. Despite the fact that I am not a religious person, I feel at one with churches when I am looking at them through the camera. There are so many details, and so much hidden beauty everywhere on the exteriors and interiors of these buildings. So when I went to a wedding at Agios Demetrios this weekend, I totally ignored the bride and groom and reveled in the details of this magnificent church. When I got back home to examine my photographic booty, I discovered one of the best pictures I had ever taken – one of my favorites, at least – that came out so well thanks to the extra lighting in the church for the wedding video. I hope you like it too. (click on the picture to see larger versions)



susan said...

That is beautiful. The next time there are people in front of you, just imagine you're looking at a stained glass window.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Very beautiful! I love churches too even though I am not religious. There is just something so beautiful about them. Enjoy wedding season! :)