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Recumbent Christ

I’m always fascinated by the eerie beauty that naturally occurs within Cathedrals.  There is something about that faint, natural light streaming in through the stained glass windows that quiets the soul and forces people to talk in a respectful whisper.  I’ve found that the older the Cathedral or Church the more intense this feeling becomes.

This image was taken during a recent visit to the Santa Iglesia Cathedral in Segovia, Spain.  Found within its many rooms, works of art produced by some of history’s great masters are displayed.  Inside the Chapel of The Descent from the Cross you can view this polychrome Recumbent Christ, crafted by Gregorio Fernandez in the 17th Century.


A man prays inside St. Peter’s Church in the Vatican City.

St. Peter’s Doors

A man walks towards the doors of St. Peter’s Church in the Vatican City as visiting hours come to an end.


organized chaos

Chairs fill the main area in front of St. Peters Church in Rome, Italy.


With a slow shutter speed and an anticipated aesthetic, I shot this image in one of the many churches that make Toledo, Spain the religious wonder that it is.  Over the centuries the Old City has seen invaders come and go from various backgrounds; evident in its mosques, synagogues and churches that are scattered within the old, medina-like streets.  Wandering through these alley ways, you can feel its history.  It’s in every cobble stone, every historic building and every statue.