Cathedral of Saint John the Divine Photo Tour

Cathedral of Saint John the Divine Photo Tour

Join us for a private photography tour of the interior of the largest cathedral in the world.  We will also be photographing the distinctive exterior architecture of this massive church, as well as the urban oasis which includes the flowering gardens, the Peace Fountain, and the Ithiel Town Building.  A bonus will be the three resident Peacocks around the Biblical Garden. These are just a few of the many photo ops that make up the 12 acres of the cathedral’s grounds. We have special permission to use tripods and access to restricted areas.

We will also have access to photograph the interior space from the first balcony, which is 5 stories up.  Access to the balcony is through a beautiful but narrow spiral staircase (designed by Rafael Guastavino) and it is optional for participants who are willing and able to make the climb. This western vantage point presents an amazing view down the entire length of the cathedral.

During our visit we will have yet another added bonus of having the Xu Bing’s “Phoenix” art installation, suspended from the high ceilings and displaying throughout the Nave. The Phoenix is made out of scrap construction material and weighs in at 12 tons.  The colors and shapes of the “Phoenix” are magnificent. If you are wondering why a cathedral would have such an exhibit, its because Saint John serves as a cultural and civic events venue as well as a house of worship.

The architecture styles of the cathedral are Gothic Revival and Romanesque Revival.  The number of details you will find are amazing. Many sections of the cathedral are decorated with Guastavino tiles and intricate artifacts. It also houses seven Chapels of the Tongues, which are dedicated to various world countries.  On a sunny day the colors of the bold stained glass windows create a colorful light show inside the cathedral which is spectacular.  These are just a number of features that make the spaces particularly inspiring.

Basic knowledge of camera settings and exposure is highly recommended, in order to maximize the shooting opportunities.  A sturdy tripod is highly recommended and must have rubber tips.  A detailed information sheet will be sent to participants a week or so prior to the event date.

The hours for this workshop will be from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.  We suggest you plan on arriving at approximately 3:00 pm to get a lay of the land and begin photographing the exterior as well as the interior sections that you can find clear of visitors during this time.  From 6:00pm to 8:00pm our group will have the entire interior to ourselves.  At the conclusion of our private tour, we will have another short opportunity to photograph the exterior during the blue hour.

Street parking is available as well as 3 near by Parking Garages.

The total cost of this meet up is: $150 per person, which includes all of the fees and cost related to having a private photo tour with the use of tripods.

If you should have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us.

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