The Secret Church

Thinking Like Da Vinci

Have you all ever heard of a book called ‘How to think like Da Vinci’, authored by Michael Gelb?  I came across some info on the web and wanted to share it.  There are a few principles in the book that boil down to:

1) Curiosità – Quest for Curiosity, both in life and learning.

2) Dimostrazione – Commitment to Test knowledge through Experience and the willingness to learn from mistakes.

3) Sensazione – Continual Refinement of your senses.

4) Sfumato – Willingness to embrace ambiguity and uncertainty.

5) Arte/scienza – Maintenance of balance between science, art, logic and imagination.

6) Corporalità – Cultivation of ambidexterity, symmetry and to be fresh and alive.

7) Connessione – Recognition and appreciation of the interconnectedness in everything you see, hear, feel and touch.

I won’t re-analyze each of them, but I think they speak for themselves…  and they are quite nice.

Daily Photo – The Secret Church

Who would have ever guessed that this immense, classically architected church is in the middle of Chicago, Il? It’s quite amazing, isn’t it?

My friend Fiona took me here around the time of the Chicago book launch party. It is a great place place for all kinds of HDR photography. It’s a fun challenge to move around these environments and see how many interesting compositions you can make out of a structure like this.

HDR Photo

  • casusan

    Oh what a beautiful church – lovely! The Da Vinci book sounds great – will check it out! How’s burning man going?

  • Nice church pic 🙂

  • I always enjoy looking at church/cathderal interiors. This one is making me look forward to my NYC trip again where I plan to visit St.Patricks cathedral and Trinity Church – i’ve never done HDR in a place like this before so it’s quite exciting – great post!

  • Gail in Montana

    Hi Trey, here we are cruising along the Snake River. Just a quick post before I run out of connection. Wonderful photo!! Just watched a clip on CBS Sunday Morning of the music festival there in Austin, pretty cool. Well, off to email. Have a great week, we sure will!!!

  • I’m in the middle of that book now. Great read indeed. Excellent work too Trey!

  • Very nice.

  • THanks everyone ! 🙂

  • Beautiful image!

  • Do you know which church this is? Just curious!

  • Holy Name Cathedral is the name of this Church.

  • Hi Trey!
    I read Michael Gelbs’s book some years ago, it’s absolutely fantastic.
    You should also read his book “Lessons from the art of juggling”, which is basically not about juggling, but about learning. As a side-effect you learn how to juggle though. 😉

    The picture is beautiful as always!

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  • Natalie

    What a beautiful shot of Holy Name… where my husband and I were married 8 years ago!

    This is my first visit to your site – I can’t wait to spend more time here. Thanks for the beautiful imagery!

  • Kayla

    Trey,
    Great photos! Have you ever been to the Basilica in St. Louis, MO? Check it out, you can get some great shots there.

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  • This is a beautiful photo. We are featuring it as our photo-of-the-day on 27 November 2011. Good job with the lighting and perspective.

  • Steve

    I lived across the street from Holy Name for 8 years after I was paralyzed to be close to the Rehab Inst. of Chicago. It was and still is quite beautiful. However I faced West and South towards the Sears Tower. I was on the 31st floor and took many film pictures of storms rolling in and striking the top of the tower. If only they had DSLR cameras back then. I only have a book of old photos and the ex-wife through out the negs. while I was away being divorced. One of your heli-photo shots has that apt building in it, on Dearborn street. I aspire to become as good a photographer as possible. I just cant get my wheelchair to the places Id love to shoot from. Thanks for the Lightroom Presets. I just got them tonight and look forward to playing with them. Some day I hope to own a camera capable of 32 mp or at least 20+. I sub teach even though I have a license for full time, just cant take the whole day without getting out of my chair. So I put money in a jar out of every check I get to save for a nice camera and a trip to Bora Bora for a honeymoon from my marriage 4 years ago to a very special person. Thanks for your inspiration, Trey, and the time you share with us.

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