Detail, details, detail… Photography is all about detail. How tempting it is to capture the biggest wooden structure in the Western Hemisphere full on. I mean, how could I not take that frontal approach when taking a stroll through Suriname’s capital, and finding myself face to face with Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral’s massive Roman looks in yellow and grey?
To try something completely different, I walk to the far side and take a shot mixing two contradicting architectural styles, which I kind of like. A big improvement to the frontal approaches I tried earlier, but still not quite the image I hoped for.
So I amble inside and look for details. That is when I notice the carving inside the arch above the entrance to the baptistery. The filtered light bouncing off the floor makes the wall glowing with warm, caramel-fudge colors.
I need only a few takes to get my perfect shot. And it feels good to be recognised when this image wins a first prize on Trazzler’s Weekly Worldwide contest.
Somehow I keep thinking of cigars. I don’t know why, but I do. When I start smelling something particular it hits me: the entire interior of the cathedral is carpentered with unpainted cedar wood, which gives it the distinctive fragance of cigar boxes.