Hello and welcome to the image blog for S. Smith Photography! I am getting ready for a very exciting project: A documentation in images of a religious pilgrimage to Portugal and Spain with the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, a religious community based in Chicago, Illinois. In preparation, I wanted to give viewers of my blog some highlights of my work in the past six months:
The Resurrection: Stained glass window of The Resurrection from St. Ann Catholic Church, West Palm Beach, Florida
I was given permission to shoot at length at St. Ann Catholic Church back in March of this year. This is one of the many beautiful stained glass images I got from that shoot, which was also was used in my Easter card this year.
Our Lady of Częstochowa - holy card front
This icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa is part of Our Lady’s altar at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago, Illinois. It was brought from Poland in 1917, and installed in the altar on the occasion of the parish’s silver jubilee. In 1997, new crowns were fashioned from precious metals and jewels donated by parishoners. The crowns were blessed by Pope John Paul II in a private audience (italic text from “Art and Architecture of St. John Cantius – A Tour in Photographs“ by Biretta Books). This is actually a composite of two images. I took one image of the faces, and one image of the clothes and merged them together digitally. In this way you can get a real impression of what this beautiful icon truly looks like.
Our Lady of Częstochowa - holy card back
Detail of front and back of Our Lady of Częstochowa holy card
St. Dominic recieves the Holy Rosary from Our Lady, from a window at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago, Illinois
Procession of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar, Corpus Christi Sunday, Church of the Ascension, Chicago, Illinois
Our Lady of Fatima, from a side altar at the Basillica of Our Lady of Sorrows, Chicago, Illinois
Baptism at Church of the Ascension, Chicago, Illinois - June, 2010
Portrait work: Monsignor Gilles Wach, STD, Founder and Prior General of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest
Monsignor R. Michael Schmitz, STD, JCL preaches on the External Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, at the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago, Illinois
from the External Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, at the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago, Illinois
"Domine non sum dignus" - from the External Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, at the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago, Illinois
Some of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius pray the Holy Rosary on the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15, 2010
Br. Robin Kwan, SJC under the funeral pall while the Litany of Saints is chanted during his final profession of religious vows on the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at St. John Cantius Church, Chicago, Illinois
The afternoon light against the high altar of St. John Cantius during Vespers on the feast of the Assumption.
Resurrexit Sicut Dixit!
Portrait work: Jonathan Ryan, Concert Organist