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The Holy of Holies

This is a mini-series on The Cloisters of NYC.  It's a composite structure that incorporates elements from five medieval French cloisters which were disassembled and reassembled in Upper Manhattan in 1934-38.   You can read more about it here.  We visited there in April.

From yesterday's archway, you walk into this chapel.  It was like passing through a dark passageway into blown light.  Yesterday's pic I had to lighten; today's I had to darken.

The limestone blocks are from the church of Notre-Dame-du-Bourg at Langon, founded in 1126, about 19 miles east of Bordeaux, France.
Like many religious monuments in France, the church suffered repeated damage, especially from the Hundred Years' War and the French Revolution.
This reconstructed chapel is about three-quarters of its original size.

I called it the Holy of Holies while I was there because that's what it felt like with the sun shining through the windows.  The
Shekhinah Glory of God!

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


The Holy of Holies

This is a mini-series on The Cloisters of NYC.  It's a composite structure that incorporates elements from five medieval French cloisters which were disassembled and reassembled in Upper Manhattan in 1934-38.   You can read more about it here.  We visited there in April.

From yesterday's archway, you walk into this chapel.  It was like passing through a dark passageway into blown light.  Yesterday's pic I had to lighten; today's I had to darken.

The limestone blocks are from the church of Notre-Dame-du-Bourg at Langon, founded in 1126, about 19 miles east of Bordeaux, France.
Like many religious monuments in France, the church suffered repeated damage, especially from the Hundred Years' War and the French Revolution.
This reconstructed chapel is about three-quarters of its original size.

I called it the Holy of Holies while I was there because that's what it felt like with the sun shining through the windows.  The
Shekhinah Glory of God!

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (34)

Ha! Splendid.
Ginnie Hart: Awww, thanks, Busola. I guess that means you weren't disappointed.
  • Ellie
  • 28 Jun 2007, 00:25
Gosh, that's well centred Ginnie, and lovely too, Glorious.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ms. Ellie.
  • Suby
  • MK
  • 28 Jun 2007, 00:40
Interesting again grin

Suby
Ginnie Hart: My grandson had this expression when he was about 5, "There she goes again!" in reference to whenever I would say "I could eat you up!"

So now you'll know what I mean whenever I say, There you go again, Suby!
The very bright sun feels symbolic.
Ginnie Hart: That's what I thought, Red Pen. Thanks.
I really enjoyed The Cloisters, very good capture, almost has an HDR feel to it.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Will. I take your HDR comment as a compliment because I really like HDR work!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 28 Jun 2007, 01:48
There is so much to see, and each photo is unique. I can see why you fell in love with this space!
Ginnie Hart: The next time you go back to NYC, Ruth, maybe you, Don and Lesley can go see this for yourself. You won't be disappointed!
  • Kay
  • 28 Jun 2007, 03:37
As always, love this photo Ginnie. I bet it would really be something with all those candles lit, Ginnie. Beautiful! I will have to make a point to visit.
Ginnie Hart: If you can go, please do, Kay. You'll be glad you did. We forwent the other famous museums and chose this one instead for our short time there. So glad we did.

I agree--I'd love to see the candles lit, especially for a Vespers' service!
  • Karen
  • occasionally Philosophical
  • 28 Jun 2007, 05:06
It has a "Raiders of the Lost Ark" feeling to it. (Although I'm not sure that's an entirely appropriate comparison.)
Ginnie Hart: HA! I actually think that's apropos, Karen, especially with a new Indiana Jones movie in the making.
  • alex
  • 28 Jun 2007, 05:19
don't know why, but this one's creepy! don't really know why, can't put my finger on it. i like the harsh light.
Ginnie Hart: Creepy here may be perfectly okay, Alex. I think the Glory of God often has that effect, especially if we're not used to it!
le jeu de la lumière est fantastique. j'adore
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear O-P.
Your pictures in this series are getting better and better!!!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart to say so, Shakara. Thanks.
I really like the light and composition here Ginnie, lovely shot.
Ginnie Hart: As always, Bridge, thank you!
Beautiful photograph! Love the light, the composition and the `glow`.(:o)
Ginnie Hart: Thanks again, Rosalyn, for your visit!
awesome!
you've certainly captured the feeling of the Holy of Holies here!
the intensity of sunlight coming in form the 3 windows makes on remember the Holy Trinity!
well done!
Glory be to God!
Ginnie Hart: Good point, Kairospix, about the Holy Trinity. I like that added thought to this pic. Thank you.
This is awe inspiring. I feel like I need to be quiet around this picture. Very well done
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Fehinti. It had that feel for me as well. Thanks.
  • Mal
  • 28 Jun 2007, 12:05
this is special Ginnie! Beautiful atmosphere that you have captured, very very lovely image. mal
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sir!
Great light in this shot Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Magnus.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 28 Jun 2007, 14:27
this certainly is a wow shot. It is easy to see how people in the time before movies and tv were drawn to places like this. very nice work ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Neal. That means a lot.
  • don
  • Spokane
  • 28 Jun 2007, 15:39
A fine image that is an interesting contrast to yesterday's darker image. I like the light pouring in as a real and symbolic focus on the holy of holies. Fine toning adds to the effect.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Don. I appreciate your comment once again!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Jun 2007, 15:42
Yesterday's pic promised the passing through the dark passage into light. And now it has happened, glory be.

Excellent and how you handled the incoming light at the window openings - very good.

Habitat of God indeed.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Louis!!
definitely has that church feel with the dramatic light and everything..
Ginnie Hart: Yup! Thanks, Sam. smile
Liking this series Ginnie - this one is very atmospheric.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Bernie.
And an appropriate place for prays...
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Flo! Thanks.
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 28 Jun 2007, 19:11
Just as an fyi, I'm Simon and this is the challenge...

June's Challenge - "In my kitchen" - entries by June 30th
Brief again simple...so simple that I'm not going to limit it all, I'll be a little more generous with 'relevance' scores...but maybe harsher elsewhere wink

p.s. to enter you don't have to be called June and clearly I'm not expecting you all to come round to my kitchen...all other rules of engagement can be found on the 'About Me' page.

p.s. nice shot. smile
Ginnie Hart: Ahhh. Thanks, Simon. I should have known it was you. smile I'll just have to try the challnge one of these months. grin

Thanks for stopping by!
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 28 Jun 2007, 19:52
Hi Ginnie. I am sure that I will end up being castigated for what I am going to write here: Your conversion is very nice, but for me, this photo would be even better as a straight B&W, or a goldish duotone. The blown lights in the windows do work very well, but I would have loved it if you had been able to capture shafts of light shining on to the altar. Mind you, if you really want to, that effect can be reproduced in PS - might be an interesting experiment. Very well photographed anyway, Ginn. Many kind regards, Neil.
Ginnie Hart: No castigation on my part, Neil. I think that's a creative idea,to PS in the shafts of light. I'm not quite "there" yet with my pics. I'm more with seeing it like it is. When the shafts of light are there in real life, then WOW! I totally agree. For me, the blinding light of the center window was enough!
Looks like the perfect place for meditation! Nice shot. All the best, Dave
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Dave, and thanks.
Another great image in your series Ginnie. Especially like this one and the treatment you've given it. David.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, David.
You certainly chose your time of day with care - the results are well worth it. super climax. Mike
Ginnie Hart: Not sure there was much choosing, Mike. It kinda just happened. But the thought is very nice and kind. Thanks.
  • vasa
  • 28 Jun 2007, 22:29
great lighting
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Vasa.
The perfect symmetry of this image is a wonder to the eyes. Nice pp once again conveying the atmosphere of the place
Ginnie Hart: Thank you so kindly, Lina!
Like the title on this nice picture !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks again, Zeb!
Like the light in this one - it's magic...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Aksel.
What a beautiful image - the light is just gorgeous...
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for backtracking, PB!
Again a wonderful editing for this beautiful image.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Julia. And thanks for backtracking once again!

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