Religious photography can give many rewarding opportunities to photographers.
Christian Churches and Cathedrals are steeped in history, tradition and intricate craftsmanship.
When you stand back to look at a Cathedral, the craftsmanship is often staggering – both inside and outside.
Photographers can capture and interpret classic religious designs, to put forward their own unique statements about religion.
The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia; in Barcelona; is famous for designs by Antoni Gaudi.
Here are some different interpretations of Sagrada Familia photos:-
Sagrada Familia Door Backlit:-
Here back lighting from outside has been allowed to “burn out”, creating an ethereal feel.
The photo includes part of the wall to help indicate this is in fact a door.
The retention of a backlit person in the image adds a new meaning to the photograph.
The photo now makes a statement and could easily be captioned “Come inside to Jesus” or “Come into the light” or “Jesus is the light”.
Sagrada Familia Door Cropped:-
Here exactly the same photo has been cropped, and given a completely different look and feel.
You can no longer tell it is a door.
Instead of emphasising back lighting Jesus’s name has been emphasised more.
The photo now has a more “ancient” and “permanent” feel.
It could easily be captioned “Jesus lives” or “Jesus to the end of time” or “Jesus always” or “Jesus now and forever”
Detail Photo of Sagrada Famillia Cathedral:-
The Sagrada Familia is still; despite it’s age; a work in progress. The estimated total construction time is 144 years – which gives photographers a big problem. Cranes and scaffolding are everywhere.
For this reason tightly cropped photos are currently a safer bet compared to photos showing the complete building. This photo from The Passion Facade shows The Denial of St Peter.
Photography By Bill Bagshaw