It’s been awhile since my last post, but things have been very busy! Vera and I spent an exciting week in Montana (I’ll be doing a blog post on that soon, along with images!)
Some of you may remember my previous student Father Dan McLaughlin. Dan returned for a second intensive workshop, and we spent four days (he opted for an extra day) delving more deeply into light painting and my post production methods.
Dan is an avid photographer, and a member of the Augustinian Friars, or O.S.A., the Order of Saint Augustine.
He lives and works at the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia in Philadelphia, and he decided to bring a relic from the shrine to the workshop in order to photograph it. In the future, Dan wants to apply what he’s learned about light painting to photograph the religious art of the Shrine and church.
Dan told us the story of the significance of the red rose to St. Rita. When she was dying, a relative asked if there was anything they could do for her. Rita had at first declined, but then asked that a rose from her family’s garden be brought to her. It was, however, January in her home region of Umbria, Itay, but upon her return home, her relative passed by the family garden and saw a single red rose on an otherwise snow covered rose bush. She picked the rose and brought it to St. Rita before she died. You can read more about St. Rita HERE.
Dan also wanted to shoot a classical still life, and created this beautiful composition:
There are still openings for the September light painting workshop, to be held on the 6th, 7th and 8th. See more details HERE. Hope to see you!