The Basilica of St. Francis is a structure with three levels. Each descending level grows more simple. The Italian Gothic upper church, built upon an existing church, is the most ornate with brilliant frescoes by Giotto of the life of St. Francis. The lower church, is smaller, darker, and more intimate, with more humble frescos. Below this is the crypt that contains the tomb of St. Francis. This rough hewn space with simple adornments, low lighting, and few distractions turned out to be a quiet space of contemplation for me.
I used an image of a cross candle holder from the crypt and overlayed it with a photo of a long stone hallway from the fortress, Rocca Maggiore (which is lit sparingly by arrow slits and a few lights), to echo the sense of the deep quiet in the reflective crypt space.
This is part of the Thin Places body of work created from my artist residency in Assisi, Italy last year.
Size: (h x w) 20" x 16"
Media: original digital photography