Sunday, September 6, 2009

Faith on Film: San Carlos de Borromeo, Carmel

The Mission that was nearest to where I lived was San Carlos de Borromeo, better known as Carmel Mission.

I had thought to complete a series on the California Missions while I lived there. Then we moved to Colorado and the project ‘ended’, although I hope to do a bit more on occasional return visits.

All images shown here were taken with the SRT-202 using a tripod, except for the façade which was hand held. I had to crawl under a shrub to get the angle that I wanted. I have only printed a tiny portion of the scenes from this Mission:

Facing the front door

Main Altar

For history buffs, this is where Fra. Junipero Serra, founder of the California Missions, is buried. His Funerary Chapel is shown above.

Another exterior photo from the courtyard. And Behind the door we find.............

And a dressed Virgin, like the many I saw in Spain years ago.

Film: Ilford ISO 100 & 400
Lens: Tamron 28-200 f/2.8 Zoom
Mission Façade and courtyard printed on Warm Tone Paper; interior shots on cold tone paper.


  1. You do an excellent work in black and white, great photos here.

  2. Your best photographs are in black and white! Well done!

  3. Beautiful. Your photos are more eloquent then the ones on the site of the Mission itself. Great work.