Ave Maria

I spent yesterday evening in the serene village of St. Estevem in the Tiswadi taluka of Goa. The sight of the Church of St. Estevem glowing in the warm light of the setting sun is one to treasure.

Facing the church and on a pedestal backed by foliage is a statue of Maria. Although the church was my primary object of photographic interest, I was drawn to this evocative mise-en-scène. The backlit visage of Maria, the shadows in the foliage, and the lack of sufficient isolation of the main subject from its background meant that the colour image did not adequately express my own vision and feeling. The grayscale interpretation, seen below, holds promise and is still a work-in-progress.

The Church of St. Estevem has been featured in an earlier blog post.

Ave Maria in St. Estevem, Goa

Ave Maria in St. Estevem, Goa
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50mm f/2 Makro Planar

Church of St. Estevem in St. Estevem, Goa

Church of St. Estevem in St. Estevem, Goa
5D Mark II, TS-E 24L II

  • Ave Maria | Photo Art News and Events - February 4, 2011 - 3:58 am

    […] the original here: Ave Maria Posted in General Tags: architecture, church, evocative, foliage, goa, makro-planar, maria, […]ReplyCancel

  • Con - February 4, 2011 - 3:27 am

    Rajan’s pics depict perfection..always
    Thank you r.

  • Roland Francis - February 4, 2011 - 2:39 am

    A beautiful and well-angled photograph.

    Two questions: Churches were never well maintained from the outside or painted before. Now all of them seem well looked after. To what can this be attributed.

    Next, why the ubiquitous tin awnings that detract from the beauty? Why can’t churches construct something less tacky?

    Well done Rajan. The next generation of Goans will only have such photograhs to remember.ReplyCancel

  • Reena - February 3, 2011 - 8:40 pm

    Lovely pic, Rajan.ReplyCancel

  • jc - February 3, 2011 - 6:09 pm

    Dear Rajan,

    Brilliant photograph of the church.

    I hope the greenery is not destroyed and replaced by some grotesque concrete zoo.ReplyCancel

  • Suresh - February 3, 2011 - 4:00 pm

    Wow. The church snap is very nice. Very sharp and gives a good idea of its size.ReplyCancel

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