Navyo’s photo collection of cathedral interiors from Italy, France, Germany and the UK.
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Traveling as I do around Europe, I am drawn into the architectural space of churches, cathedrals and basilicas. Even though I am by no means religious, I am in awe at the devotion that went into their creation. Not that I’m ignoring the slave labor that helped build them – that’s another story. It’s the final outcome that inspires me and is the focus of my attention and my lens.
And yes, even though the Catholic church is rife with a dark history, the buildings that have been created in the name of God are nothing short of awe inspiring. Take away that history, take away the organized religion, take away the necessity of it all and you are left with space.
It’s this space that invites, that holds the divine. The architecture is the carefully designed container, the strategically placed windows, portals of light that at certain times of day shaft across this empty space. God is space. God is light.
This space and this light that are the focus of my photographs. And with the light there is always shadow, creating visual drama that unites opposites, that shows us that there cannot be one without the other. The people that appear in these images emphasize the scale of these vast magnificent spaces, where we are but diminutive forms in the presence of the divine.
I have attempted to capture this scale, this sense of divine emptiness, of devotion and presence in the context of architectural space. Not only to capture it, but to impart it to the viewer, to give the feeling of awe and wonder that captivated me. I hope you find it.
My next exhibition on 500px, Humana Mysterium, will be exploring the light and shadow of the human form.
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