DescriptionThe Panthéon (from Greek Pantheon, meaning 'All the Gods') is a building in the Latin Quarter in Paris, France. It was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve, but after many changes now combines liturgical functions with its role as a famous burial place. It is an early example of Neoclassicism, with a façade modeled on the Pantheon in Rome, surmounted by a small dome that owes some of its character to Bramante's 'Tempietto'. Located in the Ve arrondissement on the top of Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, the Panthéon looks out over all of Paris. Its architect, Jacques-Germain Soufflot, had the intention of combining the lightness and brightness of the gothic cathedral with classical principles. Unfortunately, Soufflot died before his work was achieved, and his plans were not entirely followed. The transparency he had planned for his masterpiece was not attained. Nevertheless, it is one of the most important architectural achievements of its time and the first great neoclassical monument.
Patrick T. Power, San Francisco, California Member Since July 2007 Artist Statement My photographs tend to reflect no real tendencies other than that I shoot what happens to catch my eye at any given moment. It might be something very commonplace and mundane; it might be something grand; it might be something I've found grand existing in the mundane.
Recently, I have discovered the rather lo-fi beauty of through-the-viewfinder (TTV) photography.
I also like to shoot panoramic photographs, most of the time without the aid of a tripod, and often of scenes one might not consider "scenic." I like the uneven shapes created by my hand-held technique (or lack of technique, you might say), though when I can, I include in my galleries versions that have been cropped to rectilinear.
Since moving to San Francisco a little over a year ago, I have become interested again in shooting film, and—if quality allows—I will upload some of those photos here.