OTTAWA PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER RE-EVALUATES LUCENT DURING ALTERNATE VISITATIONS…. “THE STILLNESS OF THE CHURCH FALLEN LIGHT”
ARTICLE BY OTTAWA / KANATA PROFESSIONAL BALLET / DANCE / WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER, JEFF RYAN / RYAN PROFESSIONAL PORTRAIT STUDIO.
“The Reflectivity Of The Church Pew And I Developed A Harmony Of Afterthought, As It’s Patterns & Life Lines Slowly Meandered Away”.
Jeff Ryan, July 2018.
It has been a habit of mine over endless years upon entering churches prior to a wedding ceremony or otherwise, to not only examine the overall lighting characteristics of ambient light, but also reflections of stained glass light patterns on church artefacts. I do this instinctively particularly in Ottawa’s Roman Catholic churches due to their ornate, and in many instances, historical premises. Days following a ceremony or other related event draws me back to these holy sanctuaries, out of deep respect for them while studying the lethargic moving coloured collage of light, entirely distinguished in appearance.
One needn’t question the validity of said interpretations however all should be made aware that by “simply accepting the cosmetics” of a particular landscape or other related material, suggests clarification and a true understanding of artistry in your photographic medium.
The silence of my temporary domain resided in me, and such a thought provoking journey I began. Quietly, reverently, visiting generations of numerous areas in the cathedral invokes mental journeys into yesteryear equating similarly to my presence in the now. Lost or communal souls could be recognized but not heard between my world and their current place of residence. Stopping, studying, and embracing the quality of daylight sliding slowly across the pews, was similar to partaking in elongated but temporary paced vesper services, of earthly understanding.
As a photographer and teacher of many, now determining a place of photographic residence within the shrine, I affixed my close up lens on the body of my camera and began an exploration pertaining to angles of direct and oblique thoughtful light. The church pews, historical in themselves shone with a purification of light that is truly beside us always for those who see. Rainbows of embellished colour, harmonious with the woodwork amongst me blended a symphony of ethereal sound only audible to the true. Deciding which positions to accurately create my imagery involved an additional visit to the church determining an a.m. or p.m. session due to the ever changing angle of the suns light. Afterwards, the decision was made and I elected to return during the morning light. Light, resurrected from nightfall guides all people of vision to their truest attributes, comparable to accompanying a monsignor during communion in a prayer book repository.
Dawning the same camera equipment as before, I welcomed my ever faithful tripod which unquestionably is a photographer’s finest friend regarding excellence in composition. Tripods assure all unwanted items that detract visually, will not hinder your carefully designed imagery. While photographing, the colour of morning light differs considerably from the light of later day. I have been asked frequently over the years if I used filtration to alter the characteristics of my subject matter, and in most instances I have not had the need to do so. How I choose to affect the end resulting image is by carefully altering exposure. Photographing church pews or stained glass windows cascaded with light often requires a slight decrease in exposure to further saturate these majestic colourings.
Once finalizing the recording of window reflections, I began a study of religious statues and determined they as well required an investment of thought to accurately depict proper angles of light, similar to that which I create in my portrait studio.
As a photographer or individual of serious vocation, the endurance of time under most circumstances equates a depth of purpose, sensitivity, and respect in oneself and vision. Stepping into the realm of a church should humble a person strongly, causing an examination of conscience which has been deeply rooted in my photographic travels.
Remember once again, for many souls, the candle of life burns slowly in the space of our provisional nature of existence. The temporary disillusionment of self will, like the maturing child, one day know, the amplitude of recognition in our ultimate period of time. Your camera lens reflects and becomes you. Such an extension of individuality and personal statement! No other existence can afford the duplication of self.
Shine on continuously; always accompanied with forward momentum while holding the light of life as a visionary, of one who opened doors to the captive who eventually will be freed. As a photographic artist interpret clearly that others, during your walk, who share your pleasures but distance themselves from your falls, shall forfeit their keys of questionable indifference at the gates of paradise.
With My Good Wishes,
OTTAWA PHOTOGRAPHER JEFF RYAN/ RYAN STUDIO OF PROFESSIONAL PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY / IMAGING, OTTAWA / KANATA, ONTARIO. 2018.
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