Photographer's Note


Over the past weekend I saw the new film “Angels and Demons,” based on a thriller by Dan Brown, the author of “The Da Vinci Code.” In the film, the four “preferiti” — cardinals who are finalists to succeed the newly deceased Pope — are all kidnapped. The plan of the conspirators calls for the ritual sacrifice of the cardinals at four ordinal points around Rome. The murdered body of the first of the prefereti is discovered in the Augustinian church, Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo. Constructed between 1472-’77, the magnificent church displays contributions from a number of Renaissance masters. Featured is a façade by the 17th century sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini; the interior walls are adorned with paintings by Caravaggio and Annibale Carracci. Raphael Sanzio, who also decorated the dome of the church with mosaics, designed the private Chigi Chapel, located in one corner of the church.

While briefly visiting Rome last August, I was in the Santa Maria del Popolo enjoying the artwork, when suddenly a small group of young priests entered, and were guided to a corner chapel. It was extremely dark, the ISO on my camera was set at a mere 200, and I had no time to change it to a higher value. But that did not matter to me at the moment as much as just recording that atmosphere resonating with contemplation and inspiration. I had to tease out this view from a dark image, a process that resulted in the graininess, and a touch of pointillism. Having said that, I would urge you to see the ws performed on this photograph by Dan Kohanski. Thank you, Dan.

Warm regards to all TE members, especially to my Roman friends.

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