Randolph Shine  

Detail of Crucifixion by Randolph Shine

August 2020 - Detail of Crucifixion

August 2020 - Randolph Shine

Original 1

August 2020 - Randolph Shine

Original 2

About the Image(s)

Detail of Crucifixion is the submitted photo. The other two are to give a perspective of the church and crucifixion presentation.

Inside the cathedral photo that I submitted last month is the most original and fascinating presentation of the crucifixion I have ever seen. But I am not a fan of modern art in churches. The way the two thieves were shown got my attention: they are facing the wrong way.

Behind Christ on the cross is a white sheet. Behind the sheet is built a wooden sculpture with the two thieves. The whole set up is backlighted to cast a shadow.

Camera settings: 1/4Sec. F5.6, ISO 1600, 35mm on a 17-55mm F2.8 lens.

5 comments posted

Lynne Lewis   Lynne Lewis
(Group 42)
Hello Randolph... just visiting from another group. These are awesome images. Where is this church and what is the name?
Lynne   Posted: 08/04/2020 13:24:27
Randolph Shine   Randolph Shine
The church name is Ave Maria. It is located in Ave Maria Florida,a planned catholic college community. The church is all steel construction.   Posted: 08/06/2020 15:18:26

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
The steel construction of the church fascinated me. It's totally different than the other churches I have seen. I appreciated your detailed explanation about the sculpture of two thieves. Your story-telling image made me research more on why Jesus was crucified between two thieves. You have presented to the viewers about what the Catholic church teaches, rather than the normal church decoration. I'd want to visit this church.   Posted: 08/11/2020 23:49:43

Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
I was interested in your description of how the shadows of the two thieves are cast on the back wall behind the crucifix. It is very unique. For your image, I'd prefer that you include the top of the arch, since it's part of the setting of the crucifix. Also, I'd rather you include the same amount of lighting fixture on the bottom left and right, so that it's balanced.   Posted: 08/13/2020 15:16:48

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
You have a grand photo this month, Randy, and it has an amazing story. It turns out; the sculptor is Timothy Schmalz from Canada. According to his website, he creates a lot of sculptures for churches. He creates them as visual prayers, and he says, "the best compliment these sculptures receive is to amaze and fascinate the cynical youth of today."

I do find it interesting, though, that in the online church brochure, they refer to the body of Christ hanging on a red-oak cross as a Bronze Corpus. The brochure says the image may call to mind the two criminals crucified with Christ or the three persons of the blessed trinity; I have not heard of that version before. Suffice it to say he does have 'Wow' in his sculpture.

Regarding your captured image, we are usually told not to center the subject in the image as it makes it feel static, but as you know there are always exceptions to the rules. I believe you captured the scene well you have the steel arches in the frame, and all is in balance.

The only thing that stands out in this version is the lights in the lower-left corner, and a tiny bit on the right. A new crop may fix that for you.

I do love the 'Original 1' image because of the other elements in the photo and how well they contribute to the whole photograph. I like seeing people in the image even if it is the back of their heads. The candles on the walls are great, the ceiling structure, the pews, statues at the altar, and so on are all excellent elements to tell the story of a modern church. I do not see anything in the 'Original 1' photo that is distracting.

I hope this was helpful, Randy. I look forward to hearing what you think.

Best regards,

  Posted: 08/13/2020 17:38:39


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