The recessed and dramatic crucifixion sculpture in the apse of l’église Saint Roch in Paris. The “INRI” on the sign above the head of Christ stands, of course, for “IESUS NAZARENUS REX IUDAEORUM” (Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews). Acronyms in Latin and especially Greek were important to the early Church as means to communicate spiritual ideas without attracting the unwanted attention of imperial Roman persecutors. For a fascinating discussion of this, visit http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/INRI

Spring dance

Watching a spring showcase of ballet dancing yesterday, I decided to play a bit with long-exposure photography to see what I’d get (plus I was renting a Sony a7R III mirrorless for the occasion, and I was curious to see what it could do). I’m really happy with the result, and particularly like both the rich colour combined with white-clothed legs, and the way the dancers seem to emerge from - or depart into - ghostly smoke on the left.


“The best
Thing we can do is to make wherever we’re lost in
Look as much like home as we can.”
- Christopher Fry, The Lady’s Not for Burning

At first I was unsure whether to publish this particular picture. It seemed too constrained, somehow – too far from the expressive spirit of fashion photography, or even from the more casual vibe of model tests. But as I edited it and stared at it, I came to appreciate its virtues. There’s both a coziness to it and a sense of foreboding – a small pool of warm sunlight in a darkening room. And Allie’s expression is calm and confident, yet she’s still and straight as if in expectation of an event.

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