Sunday, August 1, 2010

One Cathedral, One Lamp

It's Sunday
And it's been a long time since I delved into my church architecture files.
This is a shot I took recently of the very beautiful, Church of the Sacred Heart in Timaru. I had planned to go inside and take some interior shots but the place was teeming with school kids, so I changed my mind. I'm not a religious person but there is a certain spirituality in these gigantic places that I like to enjoy in silence. It was a cold, grey day when I visited, so of course the sky in this image has been unnaturally doctored. I wanted to highlight the needle-thin lamp post leaning in to the cathedral. There just seemed to be something timorous and weak about this modern addition to the landscape when set against the bulk and heft of the Basilica - which, by the way, was designed by prolific church designer, architect, F.W. Petre (1847-1918), who I have written about here numerous times before.

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