Cyril Porchet photographs ornate Baroque churches around the world in his series, “Seduction.”

The Awe-Inspiring Power of Baroque Churches

The Awe-Inspiring Power of Baroque Churches

Behold
The Photo Blog
April 3 2015 11:00 AM

The Awe-Inspiring Power of Baroque Churches

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Iglesia de la Cartuja, Granada, Spain.

Cyril Porchet

Looking at the gorgeous, dramatic images of Baroque churches in Cyril Porchet’s series, “Seduction,” you might mistake the photographer for a religious man. But Porchet is more interested in the power the photos represent than the religious ideology.

“Seduction” combines two of Porchet’s interests: visual complexity—as seen in his works, “Reina,” “Crowd,” and “Vertigo”—and the architecture of power. In his series, “Meeting,” Porchet photographed the equally impressive though stark spaces constructed for meetings of shareholders at large corporations.

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Asamkirche, München, Germany.

Cyril Porchet

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Alte Kapelle, Regensburg, Germany.

Cyril Porchet

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Klosterkirche, Birnau, Germany.

Cyril Porchet

Porchet released his first images in the series of churches in Germany, Spain, and Austria in 2009. Last year he went to Mexico, Brazil, and Equador to shoot some more.

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Though the photos in the series capture places that are hundreds of years old, Porchet sees “Seduction” as part of an exploration of contemporary propaganda. He sees the often-deceiving art of photography as part of the same game of message making and spin as the opulent colors, grand domes, and theatrical lighting of the churches.

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Wiekirche, Wies, Germany.

Cyril Porchet

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Iglesia del Salvador, Sevilla, Spain.

Cyril Porchet

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Basilica of Our Lady of Ocotlan, Tlaxcala, Mexico.

Cyril Porchet

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Iglesia de San Francisco, Quito, Ecuador.

Cyril Porchet

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La Compania, Quito, Ecuador.

Cyril Porchet

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Alte Kapelle, Regensburg, Germany.

Cyril Porchet

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Catedral Metropolitana, Mexico City, Mexico.

Cyril Porchet

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