A moment of magic

16 Sep

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to visit Palma Cathedral (Catêdral de la Seu) on the island of Majorca, Spain. I went into the Cathedral alone just before midday and although I had read about what happens to the stained-glass windows at this time, I had completely forgotten until I entered the main chapel and saw this.

Catedral de la Seu, Palma, Majorca.

Convieniently, my camera chose this exact moment to start playing up and suddenly couldn’t take clear photos despite never ever having this problem before. I won’t pretend to know enough about cameras to know why or how, but if anyone finds themselves reading this that may know please do tell me as if I can save my little camera (a Panasonic DMC-TZ6) I really want to…it has served me very well and I can’t help but feel slightly to blame (The Exif details for this picture are here if this helps… http://www.flickr.com/photos/65411282@N04/7993043929/meta/in/photostream).

Anyway, perhaps due to my camera breaking down in the focus department or perhaps just due to the beauty of that building in that moment, how I felt there is something that I just cannot forget. It’s a moment I preserved and set down in memory, a feeling of peace and real tranquilty, a feeling that I didn’t really ever think could be encountered inside a building. It’s a feeling I have associated with being on a beach, listening to the waves crash and fall, or sitting in a meadow without a care in the world. But there I was inside on a 36 degree day, in a dark building surrounded by pillars and walls coloured by multi-coloured light and I felt truly peaceful.

Looks as if it were painted.

I am one of those people who likes to photograph and capture every moment, so I can cherish and never forget them. I can still see the image, I can still hold the memory. I’m a massive lover of old buildings in general, but ‘painted’ by the windows like this, it was just pure magic for me and fortunately, for now at least, the memory hasn’t faded.





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