During 30 degree heat in Buenos Aires I decided to take a break from walking around carrying all of my heavy camera gear, and so I popped into the Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar beside La Recoleta Cemetery in order to check out the church interior, and more importantly take a seat in the shade.

I like people watching, and churches are a great place to do this. It’s interesting watching people come and go and identifying what purpose they are there for. Are they there simply to take a break from the outside like I was, to pray, to take a few photos, or whatever? I saw people doing all of these things on my visit, and though I had no real intention of taking photos within this church as there was nothing really spectacular to see, I changed my mind as I turned to leave and saw the silhouettes of people as they were coming in and out of the doors.

It was a busy church, and so I waited quite patiently as people came and went. I took various shots as groups of people came in, stood around, and then left again, and it took about 10 minutes before I got an image with no people in it, and a further 10 minutes before I got one with an isolated figure in the doorway.

There are two combined shots to make this image, the first was the empty doorway I managed to capture without anyone in it, and the second is the lone figure in the doorway which was taken from an exposure with multiple people in the frame.

  • Camera: NEX-7
  • Focal length: 16mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/30s