I had almost forgotten about this shot, but with a recent reminder from Malgo (emka), it came back to mind. Now you may be wondering how in the world the title ties into an image like this?? It’s actually a short story. At the time I was working on this picture I had been listening to some Depeche Mode, and as I neared completion, the song “Heaven” played…seemed only fitting, right? :)
This is not meant to make any type of religious statement on my part, I simply liked the statue and what the wide angle lens did for this particular perspective. Religious or not, it’s certainly a figure that most will instantly recognize, and the human nature to be welcomed and accepted with open arms is a sentiment shared worldwide.
Located in the LDS Temple Square Visitors Center, “The Christus” is a 19th-century Carrara marble statue of the resurrected Jesus by Bertel Thorvaldsen. Since its completion in 1838, the statue has been located in the Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Christus was not well known outside of Denmark until 1896, when an American textbook writer wrote that the statue was "considered the most perfect statue of Christ in the world."
In the 20th century, images and replicas of the statue were adopted by the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) to emphasize the centrality of Jesus Christ in church teachings. The statue itself is 10.5 ft (3.2 meters) tall
Due to the lighting conditions inside, and the fact that my tripod had been stolen only an hour before (I’ll explain that story later), I was forced to shoot this hand held which required a large increase to the ISO, making for a bit more noise in the background.
Thanks to Malgo for being the one to prompt this addition to my gallery!
Thanks for taking a look.
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Sergiom (87179) 2013-10-15 4:09
Je ne suis pas particulièrement religieux mais cette photo est inspirante au niveau du cadrage très symétrique, de la contre plongée très bien faite mais surtout au niveau de l'arrière plan.
serp2000 (45536) 2013-10-15 4:42
Firstly, I've see this photo. Secondly, I see the words "Depeche Mode" and suddenly I remind another song of DM. "Personal Jasus". Hmm, I think this is some strange comparison, but this is my mind )) Although we know numerouse examples of the music influences here.
Excellent point of view! Christ gazes at your eyes! TFS!
All the best wishes,
Noel_Byrne (33424) 2013-10-15 4:53
Now this is a class shot. I love sculpture, and I love finding new ways and angles to shoot from and you have done that absolutely perfectly here with this beautiful interpretation of the image of Christ. I find that religious statues sometimes portray the most powerful of emotions, be they despair, joy or just abject sadness. This is a refreshing one to see, as you say the welcoming arms are a sight anyone would appreciate, and its strong white stones tones stand out beautifully against the deep blue universe behind. As close as one could imagine to a scene of heaven itself, really nicely done.
On a less serious note, I look at this and think of what could be comically placed within his hands? Is this the size of the one got away? Perhaps the siz choice for a meatball sandwich in Subway? Would also look good with a set of mixing decks in front, perhaps playing a nice modern dance rendition of Depeche mode.
Cheers as always, and a great note, re the history of this image, I can safely say I did not know that. yeay, I've learned something new again today :)
lousat (96732) 2013-10-15 5:58
Hi Jason,fantastic 3D effect made by your choice of point of view and perspective,it seems to exit from the monitor whit his hands..ehehe...great and original work and interesting note too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
timecapturer (49288) 2013-10-15 8:26
I thought Andrew Lloyd Webber was going to get a mention here and what a surprise to see the influence is Depeche Mode! Still a great choice of hymn though (sorry Sir Andrew). This is a truly wonderful capture and the W/A does make it imposing and spiritually uplifting. Beautifully detailed and considering the ISO uplift remarkably noise free. I really like it Jason.
Regards - Brian.
One little dyslexic change of letter and we are tripping back in the sixties.......LSD Church ;-).
Andy Fletcher who plays keyboards in Depeche Mode worked on the floor below me in London before they made it big. Nice guy. Never got any free concert tickets though!
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-10-15 11:18
so,to comment this photo properly I listen to the DM "Heaven" song from their new album(although I must confess my first thought was the same a sSerghei´s,so "Personal Jesus":)
great POV and perspective!We feel so small in front of this Statue.And the background-universe and the Christ in its centre.Brilliant composition,that thanks to your smart framing makes we can define its meaning individually.
Take care my friend
macjake (71731) 2013-10-15 12:29
your tripod got stolen! that sucks, i'd be so pissed!
Looking forward to hearing that story indeed.
Hope its not one of those comical stories where you asked someone to take your shot, and they tell you to keep backing up and backing up, and before you know it they run away with it lol
As for the photo, congrats on the subject! We don't get to see this very often do we! On TE that is...
good job despite the lack of tripod, and the bg imagery helps immensely too, as does the large circular pattern in the bg...very nice!
the only thing I may change is taking FULL advantage of the wide angle. Not sure what you were using, but with my 8-16mm, I would have liked to see each hand at the furthest edges of each side...know what i mean?
that way it can make more of a wow factor, and it may feel as if He's actually hugging you because He would appear so close!!
But don't get me wrong Jason, I like this too.
If you have the time, try to go back and extend the hands to each side...maybe it'll work? maybe it wont!?
only one way to find out.
I only say it may not work out because you may lose some of the interesting bg scenes - report back to me! lol
great post, unique in many ways
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-10-15 22:14
What a compelling shot Jason. Your upward POV and choice of FL has helped to forge a connection between the eyes of Jesus and the viewers. The outstretched arms make an incredibly strong compositional feature.Beautifully balanced image. Warm regards Rosemary
delpeoples (59684) 2013-10-15 22:58
So sorry to hear about your tripod being stolen, I wish them lots of bad karma! Anyway, a fantastic photo of JC, love how the purple and blue tones contrast with the whites of the stonework and the curve above seems to complement JC's outstretched arms. You did very well sands tripod.
Hanssie (10886) 2013-10-16 1:00
ikeharel (77217) 2013-10-16 3:20
I couldn't agree less than what you had written, Jason, and the Depeche Mode "Heaven” is perfectly fit to the image.
Nice contrast to blue BG, looks as sky's and very good clarity under mild light.
EstudioChispa (2178) 2013-10-16 7:19
The effects of the wide-angle lens are fabulous here, spreading arms across the frame and pushing the face into the background. The backdrop is fascinating, too -- celestial images? Cool!
I don't know Depeche Mode's "Heaven," but your note brought to mind the Talking Heads song of the same name. The chorus is a cynical take on what life (afterlife?) could be like in a place of supreme perfection: "Heaven is a place where nothing ever happens."
But I digress, and at the risk of further digression -- the marble is gorgeous, but damn, it's so "white," in every meaning of the word (whoops, did I just say that?) -- let me try to get back to the composition. The challenge in shooting monumentally-sized sculpture is, well, monumental, no? The low POV gives you the great hands/face effect mentioned earlier, but also (and I'm picking seriously-small nits here) makes it kind of unavoidable to have a bottom-heavy frame with the face kind of pinched into the upper reaches.
All in recognition of the artist's obvious genius and the photographer's obvious skill!
danos (102500) 2013-10-16 9:36
nice the view of the statue as the excellent POV.I like the presentation with the backdrop to creates a great contrast in the image.
marabu61 (11277) 2013-10-16 11:38
Now that picture is a real stunner. The effect of the wide angle lens has enhanced the arms and hands nicely over the face and the background is simply divine.
For me this picture marries perfectly religion and science with the religious figure overpowering the universe behind him.
have a great day
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-10-21 1:35
hi Jason, a nice composition from your archive. Great to see the statue of lord Jesus span his arms. Great to see the quality of the statue, nice artwork with very good details. We can see the nail-mark in his palms. Great capture from such lower POV. Excellent background provide the contrast for the foreground subject. Excellent shot. Tfs.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-10-24 7:44
sono rimasto particolarmente colpito da questa tua bella fotografia perchè caratterizzata da una grande semplicità e nello stesso tempo splendida nella composizione ed efficace nel messaggio che vuole trasmettere.
Ripresa di grande finezza e caratterizzata da ottima tecnica nella quale luce e nitidezza giocano un ruolo importante e con l'ausilio di un punto di ripresa eccellente contyribuiscono ad un risultato straordinario.
Ciao e buona giornata
adores (46357) 2013-10-24 17:16
It's a really good shot! Looks like if the statue is really looking at you. Perfect with the open arms and that background with the planets. Well done!