Madonna tal-Providenza

Madonna tal-Providenza. (Click on the photo for added detail.)

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.

Madonna tal-Providenza. (Click on the photo for added detail.)
Madonna tal-Providenza. (Click on the photo for added detail.)


  1. First one (aka 8394) would be my pick. Somehow, the angle and distribution of light are most pleasing to me in that frame. In 8392 and 8390, the bright spot about center is quite irritating (“bright comes to the front”, ie. it messes with the depth). Hope to help. 🙂

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