Photographer's Note

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.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Jason Cowling (jcpix) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1857 W: 2 N: 3792] (14024)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-08-00
  • Categories: Artwork
  • Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2013-10-15 3:58
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Points: 34
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