Sometimes with a good base in reality you can scale something up in your imagination:
The chapel is beautiful, full of intricate carvings. It has been restored and is open to the public thanks in part to the publicity from the book and movie. I’m grateful for that, the chapel is a work of art. I’ll be honest though, I thought the book was terrible and because of that, didn’t even bother with the movie. The book plot involves a vast conspiracy. I’m a simplest explanation tends to be closest to the truth kind of person. Writing a work of fiction can be similar to photography. It can be an exercise in taking something real and expanding it in your imagination. That was the process I used to get the above photo from this original:
Pretty obvious that I have taken some liberties with the facts so to speak. I’ve added filters to accentuate textures in the stone and the sky. Added a blue tone for a stark, cold feel. Then I obscured the edges to swallow up details like the bench and the tourist. Like the chapel in the book, I’ve taken a bit of what was there and then added some imagination.
Do you like my imagined version? Did you like The Da Vinci Code? feel free to leave a comment below. If you are thinking of visiting the chapel, know that they have a restrictive photo policy. It is also a fairly small space that is often crowded. With those things in mind, I would still recommend a visit, it is beautiful.