A Moment of Silent Reflection...

by Ben Mckechnie February. 02, 2017 2051 views

...was rudely disturbed by the sound of my shutter going off. Taken today in Gdansk, Poland. 

This church still had a Christmas tree up on February 2nd.


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Holly Hassall 3 years, 8 months ago

isnt it bad luck to still have a Christmas tree up ? other then that this is an incredible picture. keep up the good work

holly

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Ben Mckechnie Replied to Holly Hassall 3 years, 8 months ago

Haha I thought so, but obviously not in Poland! Thanks Holly.

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Josh Odonnell 3 years, 8 months ago

Incredible shot and emotional engagement.

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Ben Mckechnie Replied to Josh Odonnell 3 years, 8 months ago

Cheers Josh!

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Becky Brannon 3 years, 8 months ago

The light up painting really makes the shot

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Ben Mckechnie Replied to Becky Brannon 3 years, 8 months ago

Glad you like it!

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Goshaa 3 years, 8 months ago

Hey I live in Gdynia near Gdansk. Gdansk is my home - city. It is the old polish custom to have the Christmas tree in churches and at our houses till the 2 nd Feb, We also can sing our carrols till that data. Churches of Gdansk are fantastic - they were rebuilt after 2 WW russian soldiers ruined them. Maggie

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Ben Mckechnie Replied to Goshaa 3 years, 8 months ago

Hi Maggie! Thanks for the info. 2nd Feb! Ah, I see. In the UK it's tradition to take the Christmas trees down on January 5th or 6th. Always interesting to learn about different cultures.

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Antonio Gil 3 years, 8 months ago

Love how the light bathes the painting

3 years, 8 months ago Edited
Ben Mckechnie Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 8 months ago

I was drawn to this scene like a moth to the light.

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Stephanie Hyde 3 years, 9 months ago

So peaceful and perfect...

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Ben Mckechnie Replied to Stephanie Hyde 3 years, 8 months ago

Thanks Stephanie, it was totally silent in the church.

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Camellia Staab 3 years, 9 months ago

Love the shot. The light, the lady, the church, all come together so well. Nice capture!

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Ben Mckechnie Replied to Camellia Staab 3 years, 8 months ago

Thank you Camellia, happy you liked it!

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Aniket Pant 3 years, 9 months ago

Lovely! Peace

3 years, 9 months ago Edited
Ben Mckechnie Replied to Aniket Pant 3 years, 8 months ago

Thanks Aniket.

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Jay Boggess 3 years, 9 months ago

Lovely composition, lighting, reflections and mood......
Everyone needs a time & place like this for a spiritual "reboot".....

3 years, 9 months ago Edited
Ben Mckechnie Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years, 8 months ago

Thanks Jay! Where do you go for your reboot?

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Jay Boggess Replied to Ben Mckechnie 3 years, 8 months ago

Living out on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, I'm pretty much right in the best place to reboot, already. Pristine wilderness surrounds my little community. I can be away from all people & traffic in just a few minutes drive south, west, east or north. The Olympic Peninsula is almost entirely within the boundaries of the Olympic National Park (almost 1 million acres), the entrance of which is only about a mile south from my front door. To the north is the strait of Juan de fuca, which is a body of water that runs between the north coast of Washington & Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, connecting the Pacific Ocean to the Puget Sound. To the west is the west coast of Washington & the Pacific Ocean shore. To the east there isn't much in the way of population until you cross the Hood Canal connecting the Olympic Peninsula with the Kitsap Peninsula. From the Kitsap Peninsula, in order to get to the mainland of the Washington you must take a ferry or one of two bridges across the Puget Sound to Seattle, etc. So, as you can see, solitude & communing with Mother Nature is readily available for a quick & complete "reboot".......

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