Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Church of the Light

Sigumoto's photogrpah of Tadao Ando's renowned Church of the Light in Osaka employs an impressive manipulation of value to provoke ideas of solemnity and solitude. The value of the piece ranges from a very high key, which is most focused in the cross in the center of the image, to a moderate low key, which is focused in the pews towards the bottom of the image and the ceiling towards the top of the image. The image is a bit blurred, and I feel this evokes a feeling of sobriety--which is a quite fitting emotion for a chapel, an area designated for prayer and reflection. In these ways Sigumoto's value emphasis, I think, is an excellent visual representation of inner spirituality.

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