Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Visions of Heaven

Every time I'm in a church I have to walk to the center of it, exactly beneath the dome, and I'll take a picture. Doing this now for some years I realize I'm not the only one who is fascinated about the architectural forms and the energy of this place.
A lovely project by David Stephenson at the Bett Gallery Hobart

"There's an ethereal magic to standing beneath a dome, neck craned, looking up at a vision of the heavens created by some long-ago figure of genius. From the Pantheon to the Hagia Sophia, the power of the dome seems transcendent. Photographer David Stephenson's magnificently kaleidoscopic images of dome interiors capture this evanescent drama, and make Visions of Heaven one of the most spectacularly beautiful books we've ever produced.

Travelling from Italy to Spain, Turkey, England, Germany, and Russia, among other countries, and photographing churches, palaces, mosques, and synagogues from the second to the early twentieth century, Stephenson's work amounts to a veritable typology of the cupola. His images present complex geometrical structures, rich stucco decorations, and elaborate paintings as they have never been seen before. Brilliantly calibrated exposures reveal details and colours that would otherwise remain hidden in these dimly lit spaces."

Via Conscientious

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