As one left the harsh lights and barricades of Broadway with its cacophony of earth movers, jackhammers and dump trucks, and entered St. Paul's Chapel, one was enveloped in a subdued light, a murmur of hushed voices, a sacred spirit, undeniable, almost tactile. The interior of the chapel with its pastel pinks and blues and its delicate Waterford crystal chandeliers could offer no greater contrast to the monochromatic moonlike landscape of Ground Zero with its associations of dread, horror and agony.
St. Paul's was a welcoming fireplace where all who entered could warm themselves from the elements and from the cold spectacle outside.
For seven months my camera and I were witnesses, and I hope also instruments, of God's radical grace, mercy and love at St. Paul's. During this time I created over 2,500 images. My ministry was to witness and to record the work of the Holy Spirit in action. I loved the brilliant morning light pouring through the east window over the altar, and the warm late afternoon light from the south windows bathing the chapel in gold. The 18-century symmetry of the chapel formed an ideal backdrop for the rainbow colors of children's cards and letters and the large and small banners from all over the world. Here God's love was poured out through thousands of hearts stretched to the breaking point, through sore hands and aching feet. Workers and volunteers shared their lives, their stories, a cup of soup or coffee. We prayed and cried, sometimes alone, sometimes together. We hugged, and we refrained from hugging...
?from the Preface --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Krystyna Sanderson, a fine art and commercial photographer, has been widely exhibited and her work is in public and private collections in the U.S. and Europe. Her photographic series "Masks" was published in book form by Texas Tech Press. She is a contributing author of a chapter on "Light" in the book It Was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God, published by Square Halo Books in 2000.
For close to eight months Krystyna photographed the relief project at St. Paul's Chapel, one block from Ground Zero, and produced over 2,500 images.Krystyna holds an M.F.A. in painting and photography from Texas Tech University.
She taught photography at The New School and at St. John's University and was a staff photographer for the New York City Police Department. She is a member of the board of directors of ECVA (The Episcopal Church and Visual Arts). Krystyna and her husband Colin worship at Grace Episcopal Church in New York. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews