Creative Manipulation of Photography as a Religious Means for Sacred Gothic Buildings
Photo manipulation
The divine light
Gothic cathedral of St, Denis
Materias Investigacion::Arquitectura
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Servicio de Publicaciones Universidad de Navarra
Sook Lee-Niinioja, H. (2016), ""Creative Manipulation of Photography as a Religious Means for Sacred Gothic Buildings"" En: Alcolea, R.A, Tárrago-Mingo, J., (eds.), en Congreso internacional: Inter photo arch ""Interacciones"", celebrado en Pamplona, los días 2 al 4 de Noviembre de 2016, (pp. 178-185)
Architecture is an eternal expression of the divine project; any believer can perceive the harmony of a world operated by God. In order to venerate the existence of God and to guide the believer’s eyes towards His spiritual words, the metaphysics of light in Gothic architecture contributed to a religious belief in its divinity and the importance of its display in holy settings. It was due to the writings of Pseudo-Dionysius (6C), who proclaimed that all light, streamed through windows or reflected from metals, were divine. Anyone could approach to a closer understanding of the light of God through the light of material objects in the physical world. God is light, and light gives beauty. Beauty must be identified with brightness, which reflects the image of God. To enhance faith, Abbot Suger encouraged Gothic architects to make building interiors as bright as possible with huge windows. As a medium of record, communication and an aesthetic force, photography has given powerful effect on architecture. Being a creative expression, photography is an applied art, in which the mind and imagination are concerned. The quality of photography is the power to capture the spontaneous movement and the vibrant moment of never-recurring exposure. It is also the power, which allows for the imaginative formalization of the outer world into a range of grey or colours, separating details from surroundings for a controlled message. To enhance these qualities, photo manipulation is an excellent tool, as it can transform and change photographs, according to traditional yet current situations in contemporary societies. Depending on its result, photo manipulation is considered an art form because of creating unique images, performed by artistically talented photographers. Questions arise on positive and negative effects of photo manipulation in Gothic cathedrals, as this changes believers’ perception on spatial light to surroundings.
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