Camino de Santiago Photo of the Week – September 15, 2013


Groin Vault at Vezelay - Via Lucis Photography

Groin Vault at Vezelay – Via Lucis Photography

Via Lucis Photography has put together a spectacular collection of Romanesque and Gothic photography along with helpful explanatory text. Many of the sites included on their site are part of the Camino de Santiago and make a terrific companion resource for the architecturally inspired pilgrim. I hardly knew where to start until I came across this image of the cathedral vault at Vezelay, the starting point of one of the major French pilgrimage routes. My first encounter with both a pilgrim and a pilgrimage way marker was outside this exquisitely beautiful – even feminine – cathedral.

A helpful descriptive note about their work:

Via Lucis Photography and Via Lucis Press are part of a long-term project to document Romanesque and Gothic churches in France and Spain. The projects include the photographs that are represented on this site, a book called Light and Stone, and custom art prints. Light and Stone is illustrated by these photographs, with text by Dennis Aubrey, edited by Ann Hanson.

The photographs represented here are high-resolution images of Romanesque and Gothic churches in France and Spain. The photographers, Dennis Aubrey and PJ McKey, have created a library of more than 3,000 finished images. The intent of the photography is to digitally document these marvelous structures while capturing the hidden presence of medieval spirituality.

Images include the earliest extant Christian structures in France; the Baptistère Saint-Jean in Poitiers (Vienne), the Carolingian oratory in Germingy-des-Prés (Loiret), and the Carolingian church of Saint-Fortunat in Charlieu (Saone-et-Loire). The collection documents this architecture through the High Gothic cathedrals of the 13th and 14th Centuries. While the library includes exteriors, the primary concentration is on interior architecture, especially vaults, domes, and buttressing which define the Romanesque and Gothic styles.

Another image, this one in Spain:

La Iglesia del Santo Sepulcro, Torres del Rio (Navarra), View of the Dome Photo by Jong-Soung Kimm

La Iglesia del Santo Sepulcro, Torres del Rio (Navarra), View of the Dome Photo by Jong-Soung Kimm

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