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Faith and perspective

Faith and perspective

This photo of the Malolos Cathedral was hurriedly taken while on an official business trip to Malolos City. I was disappointed with my poor shots of the Barasoain Church since the grounds were undergoing repairs at the time, and just like the previous times I have visited it, it was a cloudy day. So I decided to drop by the town center to get some shots of the Malolos cathedral, instead. However, there were so many uninviting factors that would not allow me to get a “postcard” architectural shot:

1. The rain has also just subsided. It was cloudy, therefore would not give me a better “postcard” appeal;
2. There were too many parked cars infront of the church that would definitely not be appealing to the senses;
3. I could not do the interiors since the service van was waiting for me; and
4. I had a limited time to shoot.

However, there was one thing that interested me.–the puddles infront of the church. I looked for the best position to get a good reflection of the church, and voila!

I inverted the photo to confuse the orientation of the viewer, converted to black and white via CS3, adjusted the tones and levels, so here it is.

Interestingness in photography comes in different forms. Again, one has to train one’s eyes to see things from various viewpoints and perspectives. I would say, I am “blessed’ to make this short visit worthwhile. I would love to go back and photograph this church again–and the same passion goes to other century-old churches I have not been visited in my lifetime.
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