Photographer highlights cathedral's beauty

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By Carol A. Clark

Early this year, Los Alamos National Laboratory photographer LeRoy Sanchez focused his camera on the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe and the result is an ethereally exquisite calender.

Sanchez belongs to the parish and is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of his first of its kind calender to the restoration of the 400-year-old Cathedral.

Monsignor Jerome Martinez, Cathedral Rector, granted Sanchez permission in January to photograph both the interior and exterior of the Cathedral.

"I started the project and it eventually turned into a passion," Sanchez said. "What may have been Divine inspiration became an amazing journey and privilege for me as time flew by and I started my photographic mission." Statues, paintings, icons, and textures that he had taken for granted for many years as a parishioner, began to take on a new significance, he said.

"I wanted people to really see what I was 'seeing' as a photographer using both available and artificial light for enhancement," Sanchez said. "Ultimately, the calendar was born out of this 'project' and I realized that I had found a way to share the beautiful images that I was capturing with my camera with others."

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