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Into the Labyrinth

Every so often you come across a place that sends you back in time. I was walking around San Francisco a few years ago, looking for a place to live and came across Grace Cathedral at the top of a hill overlooking the city. It was such a juxtaposition of thriving urban culture and medieval stone architecture that my mind did one of those upside down triple axle somersaults and landed in a different era. I was transported to the times when Knights Templar scorched the Earth and damsels were still in distress. I am sure someone is going to say that Grace Cathedral is actually a fine example of blagh, blagh architecture, but I don't care. To me it is the place where some religious belief or another was securely fortified and defended against a quickly diminishing pagan world. Too bad the endless pursuit of religious propagation had such a heavy hand.

I took this picture recently and wanted to process it in a way that would accentuate the dark times it must have lived in. The darkened angry sky surrounding the cold stone fortification almost looks like an admonishment of the ideals safeguarded inside. But rather than shrinking back, the structure stands tall and menacingly imposing in defiance. I like how the labyrinth in the foreground seems to represent the search for spiritual truth. Coming back to the present time, it is awesome how Grace Cathedral in actuality represents an open-minded search for God and the inclusion of all faiths. Visiting this gorgeous cathedral leaves you with the comforting feeling that we might be on the right track after all.

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