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Stations of the Cross from St. Sylvester Parish, Chicago – Day 2

Station III – Jesus falls the first time

Station IV – Jesus meets His Mother

Details of the Stations of the Cross at St Sylvester Roman Catholic Parish in Chicago.  Please give, if only 5 dollars, to the restoration of these beautiful, powerful images of Our Lord’s Passion.

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(This solicitation is not from the parish organization in any way, but from me, the artist and owner of S. Smith Photography. My goal is to aid in the restoration of sacred art in all the places I have worked.  St. Sylvester Parish is a beautiful place, worthy of your help and support.  May God bless you!)


Quiet moment of vigil at St. Sylvester Parish, Chicago


Finishing up my second shoot at St. Sylvester Parish in Chicago, I decide to go for “just one more shot”.  I love mood shots like this because it communicates that faith and hope live in moments of stillness and darkness. It is the custom in Catholic churches to have a candle burning in vigil when the Blessed Sacrament is in the tabernacle. I worked to get the darkness “dark enough” to match the lighting of the unlit church, with only dim ambient lighting coming in from windows in the nave. I love this shot, not just because the subject is my “main line of work”, but because it captures a mood near and dear to my heart.