A couple of weeks ago I took part in a photography workshop in Venice. Our first visit was to the church of Santa Maria della Salute in Dorsoduro during the Sunday morning mass. Despite being a complete non-believer, I’ve always felt uncomfortable taking pictures in places of worship so I focussed on little details and tried not to intrude too much. In a moment when I was feeling rather tired and lacklustre I leant back against one of the pillars and stopped shooting random rubbish for a minute. Call it divine inspiration, good fortune or whatever, I happened to look to my left and saw this perfect reflection in the font.
I tried and tried to get a decent shot of the glorious mosaic in the centre of the church and finally, when I stopped focussing on the cross-section and looked instead at the way the spirals worked, I got what I wanted.
Finally, nothing says Catholic church to me more than these little red foil devotional candles. I’d have liked more detail in the flames, but the draught was against me so I focussed in on the dripped wax instead.