When is a Photo Spiritual?

©2010 Chicago Tribune/Alex Garcia

“So are you feeling spiritual this morning?” was the question I was lightheartedly asked after transmitting these pictures yesterday. At first I didn’t realize what the editors were talking about. In search of morning fog pictures,  I had stopped at the intersections of Balbo and Columbus after being dazzled by light rays from a building through the fog. Have you seen this type of phenomenon before? I hadn’t. By the time I got there on foot, the wind had carried away the fog and my photo with it. So I turned around, saw the statue at left, and thought – well, at least it’s something. Then I saw some of the dazzling reflections again on the building at right.  I ran towards it and photographed the light rays before transmitting from my camera using our mobile technology. I was so focused on the unusual light, I didn’t even realize the overall image.  When I later saw the cross I found it amusing and a little embarrassing that although I’m a photographer and churchgoer, others saw it before I did.

Alex Garcia


  1. “transmitting from my camera” – using a Wireless File Transmitter and something like Verizon’s MiFi service? Sounds pretty slick! Though then you don’t get to caption or make any edits?

    • you almost got it – we use the canon wireless file transmitter with a cradlepoint and a verizon modem attached… but you’re right, no captions. I can edit by scrolling through and pushing the button though…

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