The image above of St Joseph Cathedral in Hartford on its 50th Anniversary has just won its third award in the Feature Photo category. A first place finish in the annual New England Newspaper & Press Association competition, first place in the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalist competition, and this past Friday, an honorable mention award from the Catholic Press Association covering all of North America. Interesting secular judges found it more compelling than Catholic critics, but purely from the evangelical perspective, I think that is a good thing. I am both grateful and humbled by the recognition.
The photo was taken with a fisheye lens from about 100 feet above the cathedral nave. In my mind, I thought of what God might see looking down on the faithful come to pay Him homage in the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Hartford. And while the people play an important role - there is no 50th Anniversary celebration without them afterall - the photo is primarily about the Cathedral itself. The fisheye lens allowed me to put on display the splendor and inspired beauty of the Cathedral highlighted by 50 foot images of the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, and Christ Seated in Glory in the stained glass windows.
I'm thankful for my good friends at The Catholic Transcript, most especially the editor, Roberta Tuttle. She so graciously leaves a door open for me to send in photographs for publication whenever it strikes my fancy. And beyond publishing most of what I submit, Ms. Tuttle promotes my work through the various photo competitions. Being able to have a venue to share the beauty of the Catholic Church as seen through the lens is a blessing indeed.
And a final thanks to the Holy Spirit, and let's not forget my guardian angel, who must have helped me keep the camera steady while hanging over the cat walk railing high above the Cathedral floor. Not my photos Lord, but your photos through me!
Okay, enough said. I'm off to Disneyland! I wish.