Meet Me At St. Mary’s Place

Deepest apologies to all for the prolonged absence! Kim and I just bought our first house recently, so things have been a bit hectic as we settle into our new place – which by the way is amazing!

Before we moved I had the amazing opportunity to spend the better part of a day photographing St. Mary’s Catholic Church in the heart of downtown Kitchener. I have always had a fascination with the architecture and design of churches, especially the older ones. I think it’s the care that goes into the design – the love that the architects felt. Theorist Walter Benjamin once suggested that the greatest art wasn’t made for people to see, but was made to celebrate God. I don’t know that I necessarily agree, but that someone would pour everything they feel and believe into making something as a celebration of what they love – to me that is art. Look at the Taj Mahal – one of the most staggeringly beautiful structures in human creation, and it is a monument to love – it was made by the King to his honour wife.

Stepping foot into St. Mary’s there is no question to me that it was built by a love felt deep in the hearts of this community. It is immense inside, and is filled with delicate and ornate sculptures, stunning stained glass windows, and frescos painted high on the arching walls. It was a truly inspiring day, even for someone like me.

Below are just a few of the almost 200 photos that I took that day. I hope you enjoy them.  


©Michael Pereira


©Michael Pereira


©Michael Pereira


©Michael Pereira


©Michael Pereira


©Michael Pereira


©Michael Pereira


©Michael Pereira


4 responses to “Meet Me At St. Mary’s Place

  1. Great shots inside the church! Come to Toronto and give me some pointers. Hope everything’s good at the new place!

    • Thanks man! I appreciate the comments. I am definitely up for a visit to Toronto for some shooting. We’ll talk soon and make some plans.

  2. Thanks Amber! I really enjoyed this shoot. Haven’t really done much architecture before, but this experience has me thinking I’d like to do some more in the future.

  3. Hey, congrats on your new house! That is just awesome 🙂 I bet it must be so much fun settling in knowing that it’s all yours. And great job with these shots. Shooting architecture is more challenging that some people think, but you totally nailed these. And the detail shots are great too.

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