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Sonnenstand

Chapel 6. San Juan de Busa.
10th ct.(?) Provincia de Huesca

1991
Light from East

© Ursula Schulz-Dornburg. Sonnenstand © Ursula Schulz-Dornburg. Sonnenstand © Ursula Schulz-Dornburg. Sonnenstand © Ursula Schulz-Dornburg. Sonnenstand
© Ursula Schulz-Dornburg. Sonnenstand © Ursula Schulz-Dornburg. Sonnenstand © Ursula Schulz-Dornburg. Sonnenstand © Ursula Schulz-Dornburg. Sonnenstand
© Ursula Schulz-Dornburg. Sonnenstand © Ursula Schulz-Dornburg. Sonnenstand © Ursula Schulz-Dornburg. Sonnenstand © Ursula Schulz-Dornburg. Sonnenstand
© Ursula Schulz-Dornburg. Sonnenstand © Ursula Schulz-Dornburg. Sonnenstand © Ursula Schulz-Dornburg. Sonnenstand © Ursula Schulz-Dornburg. Sonnenstand



Chapels in the Pyrenees, hermitages, romanesque architectures with Arabic elements, everything of the greatest simplicity. Rectangle and the adjoining semicircle of the choir. Viewed from the outside, like small observatories in the mountains. The photographs of the interior modify this impression: they are not spaces for observing but for contemplating.

Each was repeatedly photographed at different times of the year as well as different times of day. The name of the chapel, the date and time of day are part of the work. Through the small window niches the light falls gleamingly into the dark interior space, much too sharply concentrated in order to really illuminate it. Light and darkness, sharply divided side by side. Yet where the beam on its way through the space falls onto stone or onto the firmly stamped loam of the floor, onto the material: there the darkness comprehends the light, whose sharpness at the same instant is changed into a mild glow.

Calendarial architecture. The progression of times of day and of seasons is manifested in the interior through shifting configurations of light. If one were a permanent resident, these would correspond to the rhythms of the body, pulse and breath. Light and darkness, interior and exterior space. body and firmament: each quite emphatically there for itself, yet interlocking.

© Ursula Schulz-Dornburg