Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ecclesiastical Estuaries of Birmingham, University Edition

In recognition that we are entering the Easter celebration season, I have endeavored on my next photographic project - photographing the more aesthetically pleasing sanctuaries in the Birmingham area. This installment is devoted to those structures found on the three major universities to be found within the city.

Reid Chapel, Samford Univesity
This chapel was constructed in the image of the first Baptist church to have been built in the Americas.

June 2010 - Panasonic LX3

Andrew Gerow Hodges Chapel, Samford University
Dedicated in 1995, and named in honor of Andrew Gerow Hodges in 2002. Though the chapel is an original design, it was inspired by a chapel in Venice designed by Andrea Palladio. The interior of the dome contains paintings of prominent figures from Christian history, and was inspired by a passage in chapter 12 of Hebrews. It was painted by a modern Romanian fresco master named Petru Botezatu. The chapel also commemorates one 20th century Christian martyr from each of the six inhabited continents, and the sculptures portraying each of them are also the work of Botezatu.

June 2010 - Panasonic LX3

Spencer Honors House, UAB
The church was built in 1901 and was used by different religious denominations throughout its storied history. In the 1970s it was used by the Alabama Ballet company as a rehearsal space for performances which included those of Mikhail Baryshnikov.

March 2011 - Panasonic LX3

Yielding Chapel, Birmingham Southern College
The basic theme of the nave of Yielding Chapel is a celebration of the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. This theme is dramatized by the colors and events in the seasons of the Christian year. In brief, the Christian year seeks to tell the story of the great events of the life of Christ and, therefore, to relate once more in yet another way the themes of the Gospel. 

March 2011 - Canon T2i, Tokina 12-24mm f/4 and EF 50mm f/1.8

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