The warm colors of this church in Martinsville were made possible by my standing there as the sun was low on the horizon. Many photographers call the period right before and after sunset or sunrise, the “golden hour.” It’s true, but for me I am typically not that motivated to get there at sunrise. I spent too many days in the Army at o-dark-thirty standing in the cold, or rain, or whatever, waiting for the sun to rise.

I find making photographs of churches especially satisfying. Their design, location, and purpose are interesting to me. Some are small and simple, others are large and complex. I prefer the former, but each are interesting in their own way. Maybe it’s because there are so many churches around to photograph…unlike other architectural structures which may be one-of-a-kind.

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