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Our Lady of Guadalupe, Santa Fe

November 30, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

In August of 2008, a statue of the Virgin Mary was unveiled at Our Lady of Guadalupe church in Santa Fe, NM. The local newspapers covered the journey of the statue as it floated along dusty road and grainy blacktop from Mexico City to Santa Fe. Anticipation grew and culminated in a fiesta, overflowing with family, faith and food. The celebration lasted for days as parishioners prayed, danced, ate and wept at the feet of the statue.

More than a year later, I stood in front of the statue looking up at her hands pressed together, lines of shadow gently pointing to where she would be looking if she opened her eyes. I felt the clouds floating in from underneath her, lifting the statue. Framing the picture, I imagined the statue floating upward on a quiet cloud, detached from the concrete base. The soft black and white shades tell a different story from the colors of fiestas and celebrations a year before. Alone, in the middle of a buzzing city, she prays in silence, the only noise the sound of quiet devotion emanating from the click of a shutter.

  1. Infinite Monkeys
    November 30, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    This is intense.

    There’s a lot going on in this picture. I like how simple it looks at first glance and then how much you begin to notice the more you look at it. The shadows and the light angles are exquisite. The sun must have been in just the right place.

    I love the shadows from the… halo? I’ve always loved Catholic art and architecture.

    She always looks so childlike.

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