Welcome to the Via Lucis Blog for Romanesque Photography


Via Lucis Photography is about the art and architecture of Romanesque and Gothic churches in Europe. This blog highlights those photographs but also features the written word to characterize and give context to the images.

Photographers Dennis Aubrey and PJ McKey have photographed approximately 850 of these churches and captured over 100,000 images. We have created a library of more than 5,000 high resolution images for licensing on the VIA LUCIS website.

In addition, Via Lucis images are available for academic or research purposes through ARTstor.

If you are interested, here is a post that lists some of our personal favorite articles on Via Lucis.

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Please note that all images and text on this Via Lucis blog are copyrighted by the photographers and authors. Thank you for respecting this notice.

60 responses to “Welcome to the Via Lucis Blog for Romanesque Photography

  1. There are people who take pictures, there are photographers, and then, there is Via Lucis. This is THE most incredible collection of images from Medieval churches I have yet seen. These places are amazing to start with, but what Dennis Aubrey and PJ McKey accomplish in these spaces with a camera is breathtaking.

  2. I’m slowly reading and looking at both your wonderful work, Dennis and PJ. This is a masterpiece of photography combined with history documentary and commentary.Thanks for the pleasure and knowledge. Pnina

  3. I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your site. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more enjoyable for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a developer to create your theme? Outstanding work!

    • Thanks, Lewis, for your kind words. This project is a consuming passion for both PJ and I. We are now planning our next trip for fall which will include churches in Burgundy, Auvergne, Rouergue, and Dordogne. Can’t wait!

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  5. I love images of sacred places and Europe is a great storehouse of these images. Thanks for sharing these.

  6. Dennis,
    What truly sublime photographs you have here. THank you for sharing.
    And thank you for the “like” on thatlou.com. Next time you’re in Paris, if you feel like going on a treasure hunt at the Louvre, you know where to find me!
    Kind regards,
    Daisy

    • Thanks, Daisy. The Louvre is such a treasure trove – last time we went we decided to just visit the Etruscan section and it still took three hours! Appreciate your kind words and who knows, we may end up seeing you at the Louvre.

      • Indeed, my husband and I have spent full days at the Gallery Campana (Greek pots — only a few rooms, but so rich!). Sadly there’s tons of construction about this year, so whole swaths of it are closed. Anyway, will continue checking in with your fine, tracery-filled project. Kind regards, D

    • Thanks, Dennis. This project is our ongoing passion of many years and will continue throughout our lives. So many churches left just in France, not to mention Spain, England, Italy …

  7. Great work! I especially liked the interplay of light and shadow in your Side Aisle, Notre Dame de Chartres photo. From the PhotoLord website, the exposure time is 15 seconds. Did you use a tripod, and if so, do you establish your credentials in order to use a tripod? I’ve always assumed I couldn’t use a tripod. Charley

    • Charley, thanks for the kind words about the shot. We use tripods in all of the churches we shoot. In the case of Chartres, we were commissioned to shoot there for three days by the American Friends of Chartres. Tripods are not allowed normally, but I have seen people using monopods. And I hope you enjoy these best five years of your life.

      • Thank you for your prompt and complete response. Your work is very inspirational. And yes, I am enjoying these five years through travel, photography, and writing, as well as yoga for fitness to enjoy the next five years.

      • Charley, PJ and I are doing this Via Lucis as our life project. We have over 75,000 photos in the library already and who knows how many it will end up being. There are 5,000 Romanesque churches in France alone and our research map on Google Earth has 1500 in Spain. We will also be shooting in Italy, England, and Germany if we can ever tear ourselves away from France.

  8. A fascinating blog. Some of my art history studies focused on cathedrals etc. and I must admit there is something special in being able to capture the feeling of these beautiful buildings. Love your work!

  9. Namaste from India…hey really excuse me for such a late response…have not been active on my blog….thanks for liking my last post …feels great that my architecture pictures were appreciated by someone so closely involved with architectural photography….you have a beautiful collection and I can learn a lot from them…following your blog from today….would appreciate your thoughts on my forthcoming posts

  10. Thanks for the like on my blog! You have some beautiful pictures. I have always loved the architecture of churches. I am happy you found my blog so now I found yours and will definitely be following your posts!

  11. Photographing churches is like no other for me, because I can actually feel a sense of peace and power sometimes, depending on the church.
    Your work is brilliant! What a joy and gift it is that you’re able to capture the beauty of so many amazing places of worship.

    • Thanks for your kind words. There is a real sensation of power and peace in these structures. We write elsewhere, “who can ignore the echo of a thousand years of hallelujahs?”

  12. Thanks for the visit and the encouraging ‘like’, Dennis, and well done with your religious architecture photos too. I’ve found plenty of religious art on my trek along the Camino de Santiago this week and will post about it very soon.

    All the best, Richard

    • Looking forward to seeing your work on the Camino de Santiago, Richard. As you must know, a good percentage of the churches we photograph were part of the Camino in their day.

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  14. Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up.

    The words in your post seem to be running off the screen in Chrome.
    I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know.
    The layout look great though! Hope you get the problem fixed soon.

    Thanks

    • Happy New Year, Nathan. We’ve been off Via Lucis for ten days now, which is almost a record, but are preparing a post today. Look forward to following your adventures and seeing you in France this Spring!

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