Monday, January 18, 2010

Lighting a Candle


The beautiful Saint-Louis-Saint-Paul Church in the Marais. Built in 1641 it is one the oldest examples of Jesuit architecture in Paris.

Today I again join Aleni's Monochrome Weekly group. Click here to see the other entries this week!

19 comments:

Thérèse said...

So many churches in Paris. I had no idea about this one which has a rich pass.

Eleonora said...

Beautiful image of faith.
Thank you for sharing it here.

Ciao
Eleonora

Jilly said...

Wonderful - the candles, the light, the expression on the woman's face. Superb, Virginia.

Shell Sherree said...

And the candlelight is so gorgeous in the black and white. Lovely, V!

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

The contrasts are just about perfect in this picture.

The blacks look wet to me and until you can get that in most black and white photos, the results are never great.

You hit the nail on the head on this one. Perfect.

Peter said...

Sorry to know that your Paris visit is over, but happy to know that you are safely back home! ... and your Paris blog will certainly continue with new stocks of wonderful photos!

Yes, Mary, is certainly a perfect guide and organiser. You would not get lost with her!

Louis la Vache said...

Gee, Virginia! This is right down the street from where «Louis» lived in Paris!

Starman said...

There are so many churches in Paris, you could easily visit a new one each week.

TheChieftess said...

Beautiful shot V...

awarewriter said...

I like how you captured the spirit of the church with this tight shot. Very nice.

Owen said...

OMG... I just caught up with your posts here over the past ten days or so, I'd been elsewhere and missed them... autant pour moi, as they say...

So you've been and gone, with a whirlwind visit amidst the whirling snow and freezing weather... but obviously that did not stop you from having a grand time, that's obvious from your photos and tales of daily adventures. Am happy for you, you clearly know how to make the most of Paris... Love this last very contemplative shot of the woman looking up. And fabulous that you caught up with Peter too...

Annie said...

Beautiful reverence in the woman's face. The softness suggest she had no idea you had made her a part of this wonderful picture.

Virginia said...

Annie,
I started out taking the candles and then she walked up and I took several with her in the photo. I was uneasy about that. I never want to intrude on someone's privacy. In this case I might have crossed that line.

Abe,
I have a lot to learn about monochrome. I"m struggling! Thanks for your comments.

Owen,
Yes, a whirlwind. Paris in the snow is magique of course. It is a delight to be there no matter the weather. And yes, it was great spending time with Peter as well as other bloggers!

Thank you everyone for your comments. I liked this one a lot myself. A suprise when I downloaded the photos!

TheChieftess said...

I TOTALLY know how you felt about invading her privacy...That's one of the reasons I've not ventured out with the 100 strangers project, even though you meet them, I feel like I'm invading their privacy...yet my really and truly favorite photos are of people...it is a conundrum that I have not resolved within myself...

It is an awesome shot...her innocence and belief shine through the shimmer of the candlelight..if I were her, I'd be pleased!!!

Virginia said...

Chieftess,
You are the perfect candidate for the 100 Strangers. You would love it. If you ask for permission, then it's just fun. Half the time I still hurry and they are out of focus or not composed well. That's what my goal is now, to take my time and set it up rather than snap snap snap. I am STILL doing that after almost 100 strangers here and 50 in France. This photo was one that I didn't set out to take but she walked into the shot. Someone in prayer might have been an invasion on my part. I hope not.

Annie,
Thanks for your visit here, please come back often!

Julie said...

VJ where did you stay in Paris? In 2008 I stayed in Rue Galande in the LQ but this coming September I am looking at a place in the Marais relatively close to the Pompidou Centre.

altadenahiker said...

Soulful, sensitive. I don't think she'd mind.

RuneE said...

Very well done - I think your choice of focus gave the photo the right atmosphere.

Diederick Wijmans said...

A real beauty, this photo!!