Religious symbols touch us deeply, even if our faith is different from the photographer’s. The young girl’s dress and white veil are self-evidently related to her communion, but the photograph does not stop there. Elements in the building behind the figure reflect the religious motif. The girl is centered in front of a post which intersects the balustrade and suggests an image of the cross in the photograph.
Religious symbolism has power over us. Think of the Crusaders of the Middle Ages, marching toward Jerusalem. They carried crosses and flags embroidered with the images of saints.
Reaffirming one’s faith is an ever-present demand.
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