The Mystery Of The Tabernacle In Mondsee, Austria

A luminous photo of a tabernacle in the Basilica St Michael in the town of Mondsee, Austria.

Silver and gold is beautiful to behold and, when organized into a composition that makes sense, great subject matter for the photographer. I've long approached places of worship with a sense of awe.

Regardless of the religion it's hard not to be moved by the beauty of the architecture and the sense of connection with the sublime in these places of worship.

Detail, Basilica St. Michael, Mondsee

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Please, Mind Your Step On The Altar

The above photo is a detail from the magnificent Basilica St. Michael in the town of Mondsee in rural Austria. Even though the church was open to the public, and there were a number of tourists wondering around, I know enough about such places to respect the churches more sacred areas.

It is not good form to walk up onto the altar area without permission. Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away I operated a wedding portrait studio. I would often position myself behind a pillar on the altar so as to be able to make photos of the bride and groom, often with the congregation behind them, during important moments in the service.

Likewise I'd often walk up onto the area surrounding the altar to photograph the bride and groom signing the register (actually a posed photo, rather than a candid image). But I never did so without first clearing it with the priest or minister in question.

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Why Don't You Choose To See More?

This image is curious in that, as well as being a close up of a catholic altar, it contains both beauty and more morbid subject matter. You'll notice the lovely tabernacle and surrounding candle holders.

A closer look will reveal some unexpected elements in the shaded areas around the edge of the image. Just click on the photo to see it enlarged, nice and big.

I've long been interested in dualities and many of my photographs seek to explore the notion of combining opposites within the same image. Beauty and horror, life and death, light and dark are examples of such dualities.

There’s what you see initially and there’s what will only be revealed through a more critical examination of what’s in front of you.
— Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru

I guess the photo at the top of this post is a good example of the need to look more closely at the world around you. It's the kind of exploration that is so brilliantly suited to the art of photography.

An expansive view down the aisle of the Basilica St. Michael in Mondsee, Austria.

Here's a view looking back down the aisle from the altar at the Basilica St. Michael in Mondsee, Austria. Mondsee is a lovely town, famous for its Apple Strudel, lake and the magnificent Basilica.

Situated about a 30 minute drive from Salzburg it's well worth a visit, either as part of a day trip or as an excellent overnight location from which to explore the region. 

Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru