When you approach a subject, it is a good idea to study it — inside and out. (Where permissible)
This abandoned country church sits quietly in the western North Dakota farm fields and makes for an excellent landscape subject. As I stood by my tripod watching the play of the light, I noticed the glowing interior bursting through the windows.
Saint Ann’s of Hebron, ND has used my images of this church in past directories. As the church is a client of mine, I decided to take a peek inside and see if an image for them was in the offing. There I found the character of the earth-filled walls, the ancient (by North Dakota standards) pews and the freshly dressed alter from a recent anniversary celebration made for as compelling a photo as the stunning exterior.
In the intervening 5 years, the church has deteriorated. The interior is not safe to be sure and there are permissions needed to venture into structures. I urge you to photograph in a safe manner with the permission or should we say blessings of the land owner. When you photograph churches like this, share an image or two with the Parrish (if still in existence).
Only by exploring this subject inside and out are we able to tell a richer story.
Rikk Flohr © 2013