I made this shot of prayer candles inside of the Amalfi Cathedral. Catholics light candles in front of saints in order to ask for favors or miracles. Usually, these candles are real, like the ones on the picture, but nowadays there are also used electric candles which light once you introduce some money in a slot.
I just loved the lights and colors and the asymmetric arrangement of the candles. I rotated the picture 1 degree, increased contrast slightly and resized.
"Amalfi Cathedral (Italian: Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea/Duomo di Amalfi) is a 9th century Christian structure in the Piazza del Duomo, Amalfi, Italy. It is dedicated to the Apostle Saint Andrew. Predominantly of Arab-Norman Romanesque architectural style, it has been remodeled several times, adding Romanesque, Byzantine, Gothic, and Baroque elements. The cathedral includes the adjoining 9th century Basilica of the Crucifix. Leading from the basilica are steps into the Crypt of St. Andrew."
"The Sight of burning votive candles -real or electronic - is common in most Catholic churches. The candles are usually placed before statues of saints or at shrines. But how did this tradition get its start?
According to A Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals, by Ann Ball (Our Sunday Visitor Books), the practice of lighting candles in order to obtain some favor probably has its origins in the custom of burning lights at the tombs of the martyrs in the catacombs. The lights burned as a sign of solidarity with Christians still on earth. Because the lights continually burned as a silent vigil, they became known as vigil lights.
Vigil Lights (from the Latin vigilia, which means "waiting" or "watching") are traditionally accompanied by prayers of attention or waiting. Another common type of candle offering is the votive light. Such an offering is indicative of seeking some favor from the Lord or the saint before which the votive is placed.
Lighting a candle is a way of extending one's prayer and showing solidarity with the person on whose behalf the prayer is offered."
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rbassin (15936) 2012-12-12 10:42
une belle illustration, toutes ces bougies dégagent une lumière agréable venant réchauffer le coeur en cette période de l'Avent.
Belle soirée lumineuse.
Waylim (24960) 2012-12-12 14:45
Beautiful and moody shot of the candle in the church. I love the glow of the candle light and I love the Repeatative layers of candow and three and one candles to the right make a wonderful composition.
Excellent observation and very sensitive photo that touch people emotionally in the name of faith. It deserved much more attention and comments than 2 after over 100 views.
marabu61 (7225) 2012-12-13 6:43
Nice compostion. Those repeating candles have a real calming effect. A picture fit for the oncoming festive season.
have a good day and greetings from Basel (Roger Federes home town and no, I don't know him)
Tigerlily (2873) 2012-12-14 2:47
Wonderful shot, Yvonne. Excellent light control. A beautiful clean image. I always want to take photos of the candle light, but never work it out. Very well done.
Nard (6970) 2012-12-16 8:06
I like the dark BG and the candles making like a pyramid. Very nice atmosphere
elenimavrandoni (14197) 2013-01-01 17:12
Hello Yvonne, your picture touched my heart! For the past two years I've lost all my loved ones and this is what I do every day, light a little candle to their memory!They stay so live in daily thoughts and in memories but the candle is a special moment to dedicate to them! Thanks for sharing this very special picture!
Best wishes to you for the New Year and always,
- Copyright: Yvonne Becker (smash2707) (3284)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-10-19
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XS
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/40 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-12-12 9:32