votive candles

Posted by
Franz (Baden, Austria) on 19 January 2017 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

from my trip to Northern Italy in April 2016

Votive candles in the basilica of Como. It is a widespread tradition to light a candle in Catholic churches, either in memory of a loved one or as a gift to a Saint, or both ...

Though I'm not Catholic, I dedicate these candles to my late father, who died on this day 28 years ago.

PENTAX K-x 1/15 second F/5.6 ISO 200 48 mm

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Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Fantastiques bougies et vue quelles flammes superbe

19 Jan 2017 5:33am

Dany Kervran from Morillon, France

As we grow in age, our parents and aged dearest are died, very often...
Your thoughs do you credit, Franz.

19 Jan 2017 6:06am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Sorry to link this to your father, he died young ! My mother died around 30 years ago.

19 Jan 2017 8:17am

@Phil Morris: Sorry about your mother, too! Mine died 5 years before my dad, so that's 33 years ago - though it seems like last week ...

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle prise!

19 Jan 2017 9:23am

Frances from Boston, United States

A very moving tribute to your father franz.

19 Jan 2017 10:36am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

very nice...

19 Jan 2017 10:59am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful framing !

19 Jan 2017 11:41am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A lovely low light capture and a deeply felt tribute to your Father. I still miss mine; he was just 66 and his lost battle with asbestosis left a gaping hole in the fabric of my space-time.

19 Jan 2017 1:26pm

@Rick: My father was 83 when he died, but it was unexpected and came as a shock. But I guess that's always the case ...

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Well done.

19 Jan 2017 1:32pm

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Nice tribute.

19 Jan 2017 2:42pm

Devi from Chennai, India

A poignant image Franz...
Great touching tribute to his memory.

19 Jan 2017 3:12pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine shot of these candles. They make a very good way to remember your father's death.

19 Jan 2017 4:27pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

What a beautiful tribute

19 Jan 2017 5:30pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

Nice tribute!
L O V E L Y !

19 Jan 2017 5:45pm

Carol from Leamington, Canada

I like the processing, it gives a nice effect! A lovely dedication to you Dad!

19 Jan 2017 6:39pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful image and lovely tribute.

19 Jan 2017 7:27pm

Shiva from Berwick, Canada

Ein schoener Brauch, Franz und so passend zum Gedenken an Deinen Vater. --Lieben Gruss Monika

19 Jan 2017 9:26pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

A beautiful tribute to your Father ...

19 Jan 2017 10:13pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

I am always impressed by the votive candles. Excellent your light image on the black background. A good tribute to your father! good feelings...

19 Jan 2017 10:39pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Splendid capture of these votive candles which make a great tribute to your father!!

19 Jan 2017 11:13pm

Nina from Hamburg, Germany

Licht und Wärme, ein sehr schönes Foto Franz :))

19 Jan 2017 11:24pm

Denny Jump Photo from Bellevue, WA, United States

A bit late here, Franz, but please allow my sincere condolences as well....the pain it never really eases but the memories always remain...my dad died about 33 years ago, as well... A beautiful image here - the candles and flames are so easily viewed thanks to your great exposure work....Hugs to you and your family ;-)

20 Jan 2017 12:00am

@Denny Jump Photo: Thanks, Denny, as always! Yes, even though it's been such a long time the gap is still there ...

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Lovely sentiment in memory of your father. I am not religiously aligned either but I always found this tradition of lighting candles a very thoughtful and respectful one.

20 Jan 2017 2:12am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

une belle recherche

20 Jan 2017 8:53am

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Touching image. My father died last July aged 97.

20 Jan 2017 9:38pm

@Francisco Romero: I'm sorry to hear it, Francisco. 97 is a blessed age ...

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

The post processing estranges the candles from the reality...
I like "the unity" in your images.

22 Jan 2017 5:26pm

@fateme@@: Thank you, Fateme!

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Beautifully captured

22 Jan 2017 7:06pm