It’s Sunday so let’s head back to Grace Cathedral in San Francisco for another shot of the nave. This one was taken from the organ gallery on the second floor. Being about half way up the height of the pillars, it’s a lot easier to get a wide composition like this without converging verticals. From my experience, very few cathedrals have a publicly accessible location above floor level that lets you look down the length of the nave so this was quite a treat to find.
This photo also illustrates another of the reasons that I was so impressed by this particular cathedral. We tend to think of these buildings as old and, by extension, out of date. Grace Cathedral’s decoration, however, screams “contemporary” with the use of these excellent banners showing everyday life along with stained glass depicting scientific themes (DNA, astronauts, etc.).
On a photographic note, I was interested to read on their web site that Ansel Adams photographed the cathedral during construction in the mid 1930s. You can see a slideshow of some of his images here.
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