Purple Prayer

Purple Prayer

I find religious buildings fascinating. They say so much about history, about a culture. Germany is known for its grand cathedrals and ancient buildings, like the Cologne Cathedral. But most churches in Germany are modern and not so grand. This is a church in Ludwigshafen, most likely built some time in the 1950’s. It is a simple church and speaks to the post-war reconstruction of the 1950’s. Today it has lost it’s shine, but I wonder how the churchgoers must have been excited to be able to worship in a brand new church after the war. It must have meant a lot to them.

I took this picture on an evening out with friends. I had just purchased the 40mm prime lens after a friend recommended a prime lens as a way to improve. Not only does the large aperture help take better pictures, not being able to zoom is great training on how to frame pictures. I couldn’t shoot the whole church, but I knew I could get the tower and it was a few minutes after sunset, so the lighting conditions were perfect.

What do you feel when you see a religious building?

Camera: Canon 600D
Lens: EF 40mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Shutter Speed: 1/500
ISO: 100
Postprocessing: Lightroom

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