The Virgin and Child
The Chora Museum, or Church of the Holy Savior in Chora, is an exquisite surviving example of a Byzantine church. Most of the current building dates from 1077-1081, and has served as a church, mosque, and now a museum; thanks to a restoration in the mid-20th century, the church and its incredible display of mosaics can be viewed and appreciated. I arrived before it opened, providing the opportunity to explore the church interior without other people; an wonderful experience. I worked my way slowly through the corridors and rooms. Moving without urgency, and able to take time to appreciate what I was seeing, I took a relatively small number of photographs, most of the intricate mosaic ceilings. This image is of the parecclesion, or side chapel, which has the second largest dome (4.5 meters) in the church, and is covered in frecoes. I placed my camera on the floor,, facing straight up, and used the self-timer to take this image. Shooting it on film added to the texture and richness of the colors that comprise this fresco. Mamiya 7ii, 65mm Wide Angle lens, Kodak Portra 400.