Pietà Photo

This photo is from a revisit to the Catholic Santuario behind Saint Antony's church located in the old ghost mining town of Fierro, New Mexico 88041. I have alw...
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This photo is from a revisit to the Catholic Santuario behind Saint Antony's church located in the old ghost mining town of Fierro, New Mexico 88041. I have always found reverent inspiration upon looking at the magnificent art work of the plaster Pietà style sculpture that is displayed in this grotto like shrine. The detail found in both the Virgin Mary and Christ figures is awe-inspiring, and as with some of Michelangelo’s sculptures this statuary has Christ’s arm noticeably out of proportion (oversized) thus achieving a more visually appealing pyramidal structure.
Pietà is from the Latin pietas, "pity". Pietà as a theme in Christian art is always a depiction of the Virgin Mary supporting the body of the dead Christ. The Bible does not mention such a moment.

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12 Comments | Report
JDLifeshots March 29, 2015
Awesome capture! Awarded.
1Ernesto March 29, 2015
Thank you for the wonderful comment "Awesome Capture" and for the peer recogntion "Superb Composition". I'm thinking this indoor shot has been a challenge for such a long time and will be ongoing as I learn new camera techniques and editing skills.
AmandaJayne March 31, 2015
Absolutely beautiful sculpture, love how you have lit up Marys face , capturing the tears rolling down her cheek.
1Ernesto March 31, 2015
Thank you so very much, it was a battle to finally settle on this rendition in the editing process. I also love the subtle tears and the focused lighting.
pat-rice440 April 04, 2015
nicely captured and appreciate your description
1Ernesto April 06, 2015
I love the research and I always hope the descriptions will help the viewer appreciate the photo even more. Thanks for your wonderful comment, and for the "Superb Composition" peer recognition.
lsears79 April 12, 2015
Perfect lighting and so inspiring for me. It invites reverence and arrests me. Thank you.
1Ernesto April 13, 2015
I love your comment "arrests me" as it brings a more clear and spiritual meaning to my definition of this composition. Truly we are all brothers and sisters through eternity. Thanks for the "Absolute Masterpiece" peer recognition.
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1Ernesto April 13, 2015
Wonderful and succinct your comment "Beautiful" and to think this grotto is open to the public 24/7 (no locks and no people gaurding) all year long, turly almost unheard of in this day and age. Thanks for the "Top Choice" peer recognition.
Cookie1 April 27, 2015
Absolutely superb lighting.
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kathleenweetman May 25, 2016
So wonderful and poignant ...voted ..k
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estercastillo08 June 01, 2016
Beautiful, voted The Battle of Advanced
JDLifeshots June 06, 2016
Voted Impactful!
christinewallace September 09, 2016
Brings tears to my eyes , the passion of the Christ , oh how Mary suffered for her deep love of her son , as most Mothers suffer today with their children , some going off to war , some into addictions , the love a mother has for her child , is right here , captured in this most beautiful photo . And the love and unbearable pain , jesus bore for us all ...Thankyou
1Ernesto September 10, 2016
So many feel the same as you when looking at this composition. I had copies made and gave them to everyone who wanted one at Church one Sunday. Months later people would tell me about how they appreciated it and how they displayed it etc...
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eelcovanroden December 16, 2017
Congratulations on your well deserved Challenge Win!