This thoughtful post arrived this morning. Well worth the read regardless of whether one is a photographer. Once again, thank you, Dennis and PJ for the beautiful photography and thoughtful commentary.
We get requests from many photographers, both experienced and novices, who want to understand what it takes to shoot at these churches. We have provided technical explanations already – we have discussed our camera gear, the lenses that we use and our procedures on a shooting trip.
We always stress the importance of preparation; to have an idea of what is important in a church; whether or not it will be crowded, the time of day you might be shooting, the time of year, and whether special permission will be required. It is also important to know something about what is unique or distinctive in the church. We once shot at the Cathédrale Saint Etienne in Cahors without realizing that the most remarkable feature of the church was the magnificent north portal in an alley on the opposite side of the main entrance. It was a good excuse to…
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Reading this and also remembering your comments at Bible study about it yesterday, reminds me a bit of applause at our church, it can be a bit unsettling at moments, but we also well know the people in our congregation. And when Momoh lets loose on the piano, especially with Amanda on the violin or guitar, well, I would guess the clapping is their way of participating, but as a choir member, the applause can break the mood of praise a bit. On the other hand, i suppose we do feel appreciated at the same time.
Thanks, Karin, for the reminder that “do not applaud” didn’t come down from Mr. Sinai. Good and thoughtful post. Thank you.