Photography by Ira Gardner | Notre Dame Gargoyles

Notre Dame Cathedral, 2013

On a cold Sunday morning my girlfriend and I attended Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral.  The incense and gregoric chants filled the vaulted space and our senses with feelings of sacredness.  It was a powerful experience to participate in the service instead of just being one of the tourist that move noisily around the perimeter breaking the "no flash" rule with their selfish desire for a postcard photo.

 

After the service we made the lengthy trek to the rooftop with its expansive view of the city.  The challenge for me was to try to preserve sharpness from near to far and to hold the camera out beyond the fencing that is in place to keep you from falling off the roof.  While I know these images are cliche at best, but they reflect a beautiful memory that I cherish.