The phrase lux nova -- new light, was a decription used to describe the light within the massive cathedrals bulit in Medieval Europe. The people of this era lived the experience of light. Abbot Suger of St. Denis described the this light comes from the vibrant sunlit stained glassed windows, the glow of the bejewled relics, and dark corners that are illuminated by the glow of candles. To Suger, the light 'called him away from external cares, and worthy meditation has induced him to reflect, making the material into the immaterial, and by the grace of God can be transported from an inferior to a higher world'. An entire church could shine with this wonderful and uninterrupted light. I saw this light in churches, chaples, and cathedrals during my time in Europe four years ago. While walking into these places, I flet that same sense of peace and calm, just like Suger, knowing that the light has filled my spirit. I know now that one can always finr the light just by keeping their eyes open.
'The light shines in the darkenss and the darkness has not over come it" -- John 1:5. This light can be found today in modern America within unlikely places: the mall, cafe's, hospitals, public libraries, and out in nature. It is the smae light that is viewed in medieval churches, but people don't relize it when it is seen in modern spaces. While taking these photographs, I wanted to captre spaces that have that same beauty and light as their medieval contuerparts. This series of five photographs show that light continues to shine and glow, but outside of the church. New Lux Nova shows that the light is brighter and stronger than it was in the medeval era.
Only two of of five of these images have been printed and mounted onto gator bord.