Old Sheldon Church – A Different Perspective
“It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.”
Earlier this year I published a post about my visit to Old Sheldon Church in nearby Yemassee, South Carolina. The church is beautiful from every angle and every perspective and I had great fun shooting it in as many ways as possible. One can imagine the scale of the graceful live oak based on the size of its single branch in the photo above.
“What you see and hear depends on where you are standing.”
One of my favorite perspectives that early morning included a beautiful sunburst peeking out from behind the remains of the building. Interestingly, we all know the sun is far larger than any building on earth and yet in the photo it appears far smaller. Can’t you just imagine worshippers over the years enjoying a similar view as they knelt in prayer or sang their praises to the heavens?
“As a photographer you realize how ordinary it is to love the beautiful and how beautiful it is to love the ordinary.”
The Marius Vieth quote above speaks to the beauty of everyday things. For a photographer, the dew on a simple leaf is as beautiful as the most glorious sunset or the highest snow-capped mountain. A simple trail of spanish moss is as captivating as the giant live oak it adorns. A crumbling church surrounded by nature is every bit as extraordinary as the grandest cathedral.
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
The Old Sheldon Church, rather a ghost of its former self, has borne witness to several wars. Twice burned to the ground (first by the British during the Revolution and then by Sherman’s men during the Civil War), it speaks to the beauty of perseverance, of faith, of architectural grace, and of the artful blending of the hand of man with nature’s gifts.
“When I make a photograph I feel that I hold a piece of the universe in my hands.”
My husband once told a friend that he believes I see things that no one else sees. I consider it one of my favorites compliments ever. To me, beauty is captured in simple things, even when surrounded by grandeur. The artist’s hand holding a brush is to me more appealing than any masterpiece he or she might create. As Paul Chaplo says, the photographer holds the universe in his or her hands – capturing the beauty of simplicity, grace, history, nature, humanity or anything else that catches the attention of one’s ever-vigilant lens.
“Too often in life we pass by important things. Let’s pause, change perspective and see things more clearly.”
Sergio da Silva
Wishing everyone a beautiful week filled with new perspective.
NOTE: In addition to the scale of the various perspectives from which I made these captures, I’ve also used NIK Silver Efex Pro to convert them to sepia. To see the original post which includes the color captures, click here.