There’s a scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where Indy in search of the Holy Grail has to go through a tunnel passing three trials on his way. If you’ve seen the film can you remember the whirling blades that fly out of the walls to decapitate their victim? Several have already tried to get through and finally “the nasties” force Indy to go through. As Indy starts through the tunnel he works out from the clue in his fathers notebook that the phrase “Only the penitent man shall pass”means something. Just in time Indy kneels down in penitence and the blades whirl harmlessly over his head.
Sometimes in church photography being a “penitent man” gives a totally different aspect to a photograph. I often lie or kneel on the floor to get the photograph I want, but here’s the rub. It’s not always appreciated in churches, especially the more touristy ones. Tripods are often frowned upon but I was fortunate here. Despite these restriction I was able to capture this photograph at the Basilica of Notre Dame, Montligeon, Normandy, France