Last week I mentioned how lately I’ve been taking more photos of Maltese chapels, so I thought I’d share another of these countryside chapels. A couple weekends ago I headed down to Siġġiewi, intending to shoot a few chapels I had marked. Some of these I had visited before, but there was also one I had not. Even those I had visited, though, it was on an organized walk a few years ago, so photographically this felt completely new.
I’ll start today with the chapel known as “Madonna Tal-Providenza” or simply “Tal-Providenza”. It is dedicated to Our Lady of Divine Providence, and a detailed history (in Maltese) as well as photos and can be found on Kappelli Maltin. Architecturally, it is very interesting, with a covered portico that is effectively larger than the chapel itself.
I spent some time making these photos, initially constrained by a car that was parked right in front of the chapel. Thankfully, the owners returned and this car left after a while, allowing me to explore other points of view. Unusually (for me), I find myself rather conflicted about these photos, not really sure which I prefer. I wanted the chapel itself to show up, so I avoided a frontal view. But in taking an oblique view it’s always hard to judge just how oblique it should be. I also experimented with long exposures, given the cloudy sky and changing daylight. I find this technique tends to work very well with architecture, and lends a certain softness to the light that is otherwise impossible to obtain. As is becoming usual now, all of these were taken with the 24mm tilt-shift lens.
So, do you have a favourite? Let me know which you prefer in the comments below.