Tuesday, September 07, 2010

From the Archive: Christchurch Cathedral

From the Archive: Christchurch Cathedral

Christchurch Cathedral sits in downtown Christchurch, New Zealand.
Canon EOS 1D-MkIIn | 2s | f/8 | 20mm | ISO100

Since 2004, I have been leading Cross Cultural/Missions Photography workshops in New Zealand. One of the highlights of this trip for me was always exploring the city of Christchurch at night. My students and I would bundle up, sling camera bags over one shoulder, perch our tripods on the other, and head out the door into the night. In the heart of Christchurch sits the cathedral, a stone masterpiece rising out of the central square with its spire piercing the night sky. I have many photographs of the cathedral, but this is one of my favorites.

Today I heard that my beloved cathedral will most likely be demolished. As you may know, last weekend Christchurch was struck by the largest earthquake to hit New Zealand since 1931. Over 100,000 homes were damaged and as I write, the central business district remains shut down. Schools are closed, utility companies are struggling to restore water and electricity, and the domestic airport remains inoperable. My prayers go out to the people of New Zealand as they struggle through a crisis that will test the mettle of their nation.


Check up on the latest NZ news at: http://www.stuff.co.nz

Read up on the Cathedral on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChristChurch_Cathedral,_Christchurch

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