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13th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
The Martyr and the Wrap White

I shot this photo in August 2015 in Rome. My girlfriend and my little son were far from Rome so I had free time for me, for my passion. I decided to have a small tour of some churches in Rome (where I've lived since 2005) because the temperature was too high to spend some time outside under the sun. I took some photos in Basilica di San Giovanni and after that, I went to the Scala Santa which is close to the San Giovanni Basilica. Inside the Scala Santa there is a holy stair (scala) used by pilgrims, who ascend the steps on their knees. Light at that hour (about 6:30 PM) was perfect. I saw this nun going out downstairs towards the light of the sun, and I shot.

This photo is a finalist in the People category of our 13th Annual Photo Contest. See all 70 finalists here.

TAGS: Italy, Light, Religion, Rome, Shadow

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Rome, Italy
Member since 2015
Awards
Photo of the Day: 10.10.15 Editors' Pick Finalist
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Copyright:
© alessandro sgarito.
All rights reserved.
Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 08.2015
Total Views: 4971
Total Favorites: 13
Filed Under: People
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Date Uploaded: Oct. 7, 2015, 7:31 p.m.
Camera Make:
Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Focal Length: 35mm
Shutter Speed: 1/160
Aperture: f8
ISO: ISO400
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