As everyone who reads the Via Lucis blog knows, PJ and I love this project passionately. I love that PJ and I are equally enthusiastic about photographing these churches. What readers might not also realize is that there is a community of remarkable people who we have found through our work here – Fra Angelico Surchamp, Servane de Layre Mathéus, Gilles Fresson, the folks at American Friends of Chartres, our frequent guest blogger Jong-Soung Kimm, scholars like Janet Marquardt, liturgical artists like George Hoelzeman, fellow blogger Gordon Stewart, and so many others who I am shamed not to name. These are people who we would not have gotten to know if it hadn’t been for our Via Lucis blog.
There is a fellow-blogger who engages us occasionally and who delights me. Robert Consoli of Squinchpix is like a bulldog who sinks his teeth into a discussion and doesn’t let go until the matter is resolved. We first engaged in a discussion of HDR photography that quickly developed into an exegesis on Renaissance painting. We subsequently had a go over what might be termed “privatization” of public monuments. And most recently, Robert framed a conversation about whether or not the word “trumeau” properly designates the pillar that separates two bays of a portal.
I thought that discussion was complete until Robert sent me this link today for a post he made on his Squinchpix blog, “Ceci n’est pas un trumeau.” Enjoy! If you don’t know Squinchpix, consider this an introduction to a terrific blog and image library.
And Bob, I surrender. I’m still going to use the word “trumeau”, but I surrender!