Halloween Extravaganza in Saint John Divine


Let's take you to a door to another world hidden in Harlem.

Last year around this time, I was in New York, and with how little I like American parties and churches, I ended up swallowing my words.

Halloween Extravaganza and Procession of Ghouls is the name of the event last year, a show performed every year in the Cathedral of Saint John Divine (Amsterdam Avenue, 1047, New York, NY 10025, in Harlem). This is not another event that decorates the cathedral with cobwebs. Instead, ghosts and various spooky elements open a door to hell with unstoppable spectres and beings that are each more extravagant.

Last year, when my partner said we were going to see a Halloween thing in a cathedral, it did not attract much of my attention at first. However, when I began to learn more about the premise of the event, I completely changed my mind.

The show had two passes, one in the earlier evening and one at night which occurs entirely within the cathedral. The event looked great on the outside. Too bad I did not take more film rolls with me for fear of running out of film, I just did not shoot a lot of photos before entering.

Upon entering, I began to enjoy my surroundings. The whole cathedral was disguised, but not with pumpkins and other simple Halloween paraphernalia. High-quality cobwebs; ghosts in motion; a giant spider inside, on the front door…and cello music played by a creature from the underworld (lift up those horns metalheads!).

After a while spent admiring everything, the lights began to dim and we are invited to be seated. Soon, the sound of the cello died away and, like a hurricane, the great roar of an organ (of which are played) filled the cathedral.

All superfluous light went out, leaving only faint green, red, and orange lights, which filled the huge room as a ghostly tone.

Suddenly, a movie screen began to fall from the ceiling, and there with the perfect accompaniment of the organ, we could see the Office of Dr. Caligari (if you know don’t what I mean, you are already grabbing some popcorn and finding the tape on the internet).

No words.

At the end of the medium-length film, the sound of the organ became confused, something happened. At that point, a gateway to hell opened, and bizarre (how could it be otherwise) things began crowding into its mouth to exit into the world for a few hours.

Before I knew it, two hours has passed. Two hours full of magic.

Finally, I will not stop recommending that you go, in the event that you end up in that area. Each year they try to do something new (this year, they have something from the Phantom of the Opera).

P. S. All photos were taken with the Diana Mini and a roll of 800 ISO Lomography film with different gels on the flash (thank goodness I loaded the 800).

Related links:
Saint John Divine Cathedral in Wikipedia
Buy tickets through the Internet

The Diana Mini is the ultra-compact, petite version of the Diana F+. This camera takes soft-focused, lo-fi images in 35mm and allows you to change between half-format and square shots with a flick of a switch. Get your own Diana Mini now!

Who says film is dead? Lomography’s got its very own emulsions to keep the fire burning! Visit the "Shop:http://shop.lomography.com/films/lomography-film and see which Lomography film is right for you.

written by jodidopanki on 2011-11-11 in #world #locations #saint-john-divine #ghosts #new-york #hell #cathedral #art-and-culture #harlem #halloween

One Comment

  1. kylethefrench
    kylethefrench ·

    i love this church, then you go to hungarian bakery

More Interesting Articles

  • 5 of the Best Ways to Share Your Lomo'Instant Pics

    written by jacobs on 2014-11-25 in #news
    5 of the Best Ways to Share Your Lomo'Instant Pics

    We love sharing photos! So, with the recent release of the beloved Lomo'Instant camera, we thought it would be a great idea to look at some of the best ways to share your instants with the world. Rather than letting them collect dust on a shelf or stay hidden away in a drawer somewhere, why not let everyone else in on your superb instant creations? Check out these 5 awesome ways you can do just that!

  • Then and Now: The Simpsons' 'A Clockwork Yellow' a Nod to Stanley Kubrick

    written by chooolss on 2014-10-23 in #lifestyle
    Then and Now: The Simpsons' 'A Clockwork Yellow' a Nod to Stanley Kubrick

    The iconic show paid tribute to another entertainment industry icon through a segment in its annual Halloween special!

  • How to Make Special Aperture Plates for Your Petzval Lens, Halloween Edition

    written by jillytanrad on 2014-10-29 in #gear #tipster
    How to Make Special Aperture Plates for Your Petzval Lens, Halloween Edition

    Halloween fever is in full swing. Everything ghostly, scary or freakishly extraordinary are either on display or being spoken of in hushed voices through spine-chilling tales. Apart from wearing the scariest costumes and taking photos of of your petrifying selves, why not amplify the Halloween spirit a notch higher by using Halloween-themed aperture plates with the New Petzval Lens? Here's a quick tipster that'll teach you how to make special aperture plates and make the most out of them this Halloween!

  • Shop News

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Try the LomoLAB Development Service!

    Whatever kind of film development you're after, you'll find it here! Now you can confidently shoot from the hip without having to worry where to develop those film rolls!

  • Most Popular Photo Last Year: July 8, 2013

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-07-08 in #news
    Most Popular Photo Last Year: July 8, 2013

    Let's take a glimpse at another impressive collaboration between two of amazing lomographers!

  • Painting Delights: Going Wild with the Pixelstick

    written by jennifer_pos on 2015-03-17 in #people #news #lifestyle #tipster
    Painting Delights: Going Wild with the Pixelstick

    Ever since light painting was invented, it inspired artists from all around the globe to magical creations that capture hidden movements and reinvent the world we live in. "Life is a fairy tale, stay wild little child!" is what they want to tell us. Bringing light to life became the next challenge for anyone rigged with a film camera and a creative mind. Now, how can you take your analogue light paintings from the ordinary to the outstanding? After the carriage came the car, so we definitely need some spacy inventions to follow the old school light pen. So here it is, our new best friend: The Pixelstick!

  • Soho Carnaby Shopping Night

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-04-28 in #news
    Soho Carnaby Shopping Night

    On Thursday, May 1st, all the shops in the Carnaby Street area will open its doors late for a big shopping extravaganza organized by Grazia Magazine. Lomography Soho is just off of Carnaby Street and we will be joining the celebrations with a 20% discount on products and a special La Sardina workshop. Find out more after the jump.

  • Shop News

    Petzval Buddies

    Petzval Buddies

    Petzval lens are designed for a Canon or Nikon SLR mounts and a selection of brass or black for each camera brand is available in our stores. And start shooting with images full of sharpness, crispness and bokeh effects!

  • Photo of the Day by why-yu

    written by cheeo on 2014-06-29 in #news
    Photo of the Day by why-yu

    Never let a scene worth photographing pass you by! Be ready to take aim with your trusty camera and freeze those fleeting moments in vivid snapshots!

  • Made in Heights: Diving into the Divine

    written by mindofmyra on 2015-03-19 in #world #lifestyle
    Made in Heights: Diving into the Divine

    Many listless nights are put to ease with the ethereal epigrams of Made in Heights, which beckons you to walk through the door of an alternate reality. Alexei Saba Mohajerjasbi captures the unifying pulse of the world, as Kelsey Bulkin knits a blanket of lullabies to snuggle up on. Together, they welcome you into the Heights with open, outstretched arms.

  • Check It Out: The Colorsplash Microsite Gets A Makeover!

    written by shhquiet on 2014-07-15 in #news
    Check It Out: The Colorsplash Microsite Gets A Makeover!

    We gave the Colorsplash Microsite a grand redesign. You can find everything that you need to know about Colorsplash products, plus some techniques to try and galleries to inspire you, in this new and improved site! Come take a look and let us know what you think.

  • Shop News

    the perfect surprise for every analogue loving enthusiast

     the perfect surprise for every analogue loving enthusiast

    Let your loved one pick the gift of their dreams. Lomography Online Shop Gift Certificates are the perfect present for every analogue devotee on your gift list

  • Making a Slit Scan Camera

    written by stratski on 2014-07-31 in #gear #tipster
    Making a Slit Scan Camera

    Looking for a fun new experiment? Like those old fashioned finish photos? Then let me introduce you to the wondrous world of slit scan photography.

  • Mixed Media: Combined paintings and photographs by John Chervinsky

    written by cheeo on 2014-05-15 in #lifestyle
    Mixed Media: Combined paintings and photographs by John Chervinsky

    Variety can always spice things up when it comes to artistry. See how photographer John Chervinsky jumps from one medium to another and explore the notions of variety in his series Studio Physics. More photos after the jump.

  • Taking Back Tipsters: Halloween Edition II

    written by chooolss on 2014-10-29 in #gear #tipster
    Taking Back Tipsters: Halloween Edition II

    With Halloween just a couple of days away, we've decided to bring back these tipsters for making spooky photographs all in glorious analogue in this special installment of Taking Back Tipsters!