I am pretty obsessed with the beauty of this church. It’s neo-gothic cathedral was built in the 1950’s. I used to live in an old carriage house that overlooked it, and now my office building faces it. You have seen its steeple in many of my photographs. See the steeple from one of my past blog posts by clicking here.
Back in college, I remember doing a semester-long project on architecture of Chicago religious buildings. The end result was a delicate, handmade book full of tiny color photographs. I remember my professor describing them as “small jewels”. I had titled it, ‘Shapes of Faith’. The spirit of these buildings has always captured my attention, and I have found myself photographing them on and off throughout the years.
The photograph I am showing for ArtPrize is an extension of this project. I changed things up a bit. I went back to my preferred medium of black and white photography, and I changed the scale dramatically to a much larger image.
Printing this on acrylic and adding background lighting gives this image a special dimension. It mirrors the theme of stained glass windows that are featured in so many churches.
The foreground and the church itself are under construction. A symbol that religion is an ever evolving experience throughout peoples’ lives.
ArtPrize is a pretty magical time here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I encourage all of you to come visit. If you are in town between September 21 and October 9, stop by 19 LaGrave to see my work.