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We all know that our lifestyle depends on the climate zone we are living in. The same is true for places of worship. In the Christian tradition the churches in warmer climate look different that the churches way up north. Both have their own beauty like this altar that I photographed in a small wooden church in Sweden.

Enjoy and keep on photographing!


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This week is “Holy week” in the Christian tradition and I like to continue with a photographic exercise that I did a few years ago on this blog. I challenge you to photograph places of worship. Many churches are currently decorated and I found that many Catholic churches are always open. As always enjoy this exercise!

I photographed this statue inside a church  by the name of Santa Maria e San Donato on the Island of Murano just outside of Venice. I used a 50m prime lens at f1.8 to get this image.

Enjoy and keep on working on your images!


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This is the altar inside San Carlos Borromeo de Monterey, Californias oldest brick building. You can read the history of the church at I only used natural light to photograph the altar and included the wsindow on the left in the overall composition. The church is rather small for being called a “cathedral” but it has a very nice feeling to it.

Enjoy and happy photographing!

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This is the altar of the Dome of Hildesheim, a city in northern Germany. the feeling in this church is again totally different. You have to look up and walk up to it. The large round light fixture reminds me of a crown or as a group of people that congregate around the altar perhaps referring to the last supper of Christ or a group of people that sits around a Germanic noble. Interesting is also the model of a church that is built underneath the altar table.

Enjoy and happy photographing!

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There are many beautiful buildings in Munich’s City Center.  Right besides the “New City Hall” (Neues Rathaus) and the attached “Glockenspiel” is the St. Peters Church, probably the oldest church in Munich. The inside is beautiful decorated. I decided to mount my camera on a tripod and shoot straight up. The ceiling is just beautiful. I wonder how people felt over the centuries when they entered this church.

Enjoy and happy photographing!

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It is relatively easy to photographs subjects you can see like apples or cars. It is a lot harder to capture expressions like joy, fear or pain. IT is one of my ongoing projects to photograph places of worship. Of course these are buildings but somehow they are more than “brick and mortar.” I remember my visits to Jerusalem where holy sites from Judaism, Christianity and Islam almost stand side by side. There are a lot of feelings and faith involved and it is quite a challenge to capture them. This week I challenge you to photograph places of worship and capture a glimpse of beyond what you can see.


I photographed the altar of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain. You can read about the church by clicking on When I entered the church I was overwhelmed by the amount of people that were inside and the rich symbolism. Antoni Goudi, the architect, was a master in creating visual impressions.

Enjoy and happy photographing!