This Friday, for Fine Art Photography Friday, it is time to go to church. And not just any church, but the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco. Now you may be wondering how a San Antonio wedding photographer ends up in a baptist church in San Francisco. Good question. You know if you have been reading my other blog posts that I like to travel a great deal and take documentary photographs. Many of my documentary photography projects are long term and take me all over the world. But for this image, in the Third Baptist Church in San Francisco, I was actually living in the city at the time. I went to graduate school at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where I received my Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Photography. After I graduated I went on to teach at The Academy of Art for 2 1/2 years. So I have many images from San Francisco. It is a great city, one of the best cities in the world. There is so much to see and do and so much to photograph. I love all of the different cultures and flavors of the city.
While I was in graduate school, one of my friends, Lee, belonged to this church. I told her how I was very interested in photographing all things related to religion and how people weave religion into their life. I was drawn to a pastiest church because of the music and the intensity of the services. I was also drawn to the fact that the women in the congregation wear there great hats on Sundays. It was an amazing experience to be in such an old and respected church to to see all of the wonderful people of the congregation joined in prayer and song. I just so happened to be there on the day that Jess Jackson was visiting as part of his Rainbow Push Coalition. This was an extra added bonus because my friend Lee did not tell me that Rev. Jackson was going to be there. So I also had the opportunity to meet and to photograph him.
The image of the church members represents a very pure form of documentary photography. The image is so yellow because the sun light was streaming through the old stained glass windows. At first I was not happy with the oddly colored light, but then I realized that it really gave the image that fine art touch the I like to mix into my documentary work. This is part of my fine art documentary photography look and what I apply for my weddings. I have talked about being a fine art wedding photographer in previous posts. You can read more about this here.
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