Grace Cathedral Ribbons of Light / Afternoon

Before you RSVP to this event, PLEASE read the entire event description, including the last line. The Group Guidelines were provided to me by the church, and I will be the only person signing off for our entire group. 

I am posting two separate events, a MORNING time slot and an AFTERNOON time slot so that we can accommodate as many people as possible. This is the AFTERNOON event. PLEASE SIGN UP FOR ONE TIME SLOT ONLY. If we find that one or the other time slot does not fill up, you may be given the option of changing. There are no other events happening at the church on April 10th, so you will have lots of time and room to explore the church. More information to come prior to the event.

GEAR: Tripods and wide angle lenses, but please refrain from using any flash.

There are plenty of reasons for photographers and artists to visit Grace Cathedral: John De Rosen murals, a replica of Lorenzo Ghiberti's "Gates of Paradise," two labyrinths, a Keith Haring altarpiece and a 44-bell carillon. For nearly a year, Anne Patterson, the cathedral's 2013 artist in residence, has provided yet another reason.

Patterson, a New York installation artist and director, is responsible for "Graced With Light" - a music-inspired installation that features nearly 20 miles of multi-hued ribbons cascading from the church's vaulted ceiling arches. The piece - which was to be on view through early fall last year - has proven so popular that it will stay up until Easter. 

Grace Cathedral Group Photography Guidelines:

We are happy that you are interested in photography at Grace Cathedral. In order to lessen any chance of misunderstanding, please review the following carefully. 

The cathedral is a sacred space. While you are photographing, other people will be in the building praying, meditating or walking the labyrinth. In a sacred space, whether it is a church, temple or mosque, there are some types of pictures that are just not appropriate:

• No fashion photographs are allowed inside the building. If it is clear that your focus is on someone modeling clothing, makeup or hairstyle, you will be asked to leave the building.

• Inappropriate poses such as mock crucifixions, elaborate costumes, references to bondage, or anything similar will also result in your being told to leave.

Working within these guidelines of what is appropriate: 

• Do not begin your work earlier than the time assigned for your group. Please plan your work so that you are finished (including packing up your gear) within the allotted time. 

• No photography is allowed during church services, whether large or small.

• No photography of any person without that person’s permission. Do not interrupt people to ask for permission if they are praying, meditating or walking the labyrinth.

• Do not place anything on the floor that might be a trip hazard – cords, unattended tripods, lights, etc.

• Do not move any furniture, including chairs.• Do not climb on any structures (pews, altar rail, etc.) or stand on chairs. If you need height, please bring your own ladder.

• Photography is allowed only within those areas of the building that are open to the public. You will not be allowed access to any non-public area including the gallery, the catwalks or closed chapels.

• Do not bring any food or drink with you into the cathedral. If you need a snack, there is a Peet’s coffee cart with sandwiches, salads and desserts available much of the day on the lower level of the building. All food and drink must be consumed at the Peet’s cart or outside the building. With my RSVP to this event, I acknowledge that I have read these guidelines and that I will abide by them. 

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  • Sheila S.

    Had a great time yesterday. Thanks again Jan for a great meetup outing. Loved your Fisheye shot! I'm trying to master that lens. You are so talented!

    1 · April 11

  • Mary H

    Had a great afternoon. Such a beautiful cathedral and the ribbons of light made for some interesting photos.

    1 · April 11

  • GeorgAnna

    Beautiful setting to see; fun to shoot!

    1 · April 11

  • Kathleen

    Thank you Jan - An awesome meetup - as usual. I also got down to China Town for some evening pics. What an interesting place - it might make an interesting meetup photo shoot. I was surprised at how many Europeans where there visiting.

    1 · April 11

  • Francine Kris C.

    Thanks, Jan, for organizing the event. I've wanted to visit Grace Cathedral for years. It did not disappoint as I was truly awed by the beauty and majesty of the building.

    1 · April 11

  • SALLY

    Jan...this was wonderful. thanks so much for arranging this meetup.

    1 · April 10

  • Jeanne

    What a great day! The ribbons were really spectacular! I hope my photos look as good. Thank you Elizabeth and Jan for seeing and arranging this.

    1 · April 10

  • Roberta B.

    Another fabulous, well-originized photo event. Thanks Jan.

    1 · April 10

  • Will L.

    What a great find! Haven't been here in decades. Thank you so much, Jan!!!

    1 · April 10

  • Aamir

    Awesome!

    1 · April 10

    • Aamir

      In the military, that would be referred to as a 'target-rich environment' :-)

      April 10

  • craig b.

    I've been looking forward to this but last night was flu.

    So someone else gets in for the afternoon.

    April 10

  • Jack Y.

    Looking forward to this but I had to cancel due to an injury to my hip.

    April 6

  • craig b.

    If you BART, get off at Embarcadero and then you have the choice of cable car or muni bus to the top of Nob Hill and Grace Cathederal. $6.00 or $2.00 (.70 if you have a senior clipper card). #1 bus runs up and returns (on Clay Street). Look at SFmuni web site for details.

    March 9

    • Lucille van O.

      That's the Tenderloin. Not the best neighborhood. Besides, folks with tripods may find it more arduous than they would like.

      March 10

    • Anne G.

      Maps might show that Powell is one edge of the Tenderloin, but it's fine to walk up to California on Powell, lots of folks for company, and the cable car is there too. I've done it at 5 or 6 pm and walked back to BART after 7-7:30 and felt quite comfortable.

      March 10

  • Sheila S.

    Any suggestions regarding transportation? I know that parking in the city can be a challenge.

    March 9

    • Lucille van O.

      Try the Vallejo Ferry to the Embarcadero and then walk a few blocks to California and take the cable car to the top of Nob Hill. The cathedral is there.

      March 9

  • Norval C.

    Rats, it's already full. Hope you have another one soon!!!

    March 9

    • Lucille van O.

      Hey Norval. I wouldn't give up yet. I'd get on the waiting list as there are always folks that'll have to drop out at the last minute.

      March 9

  • Sheila S.

    Sounds like a great opportunity for some wonderful photography. I've missed the last several outings. But I am truly looking forward to this one.

    March 9

  • Mlewert

    I have been trying to get past the add a photo part of the "Join this Group" for over an hour and now I see that it says it is full. I'm definitely disappointed in the fact the it has uploaded something and wouldn't allow me to Continue on and get in on the meetup while there was still room.

    March 9

    • Jan L.

      Mlewert, glad you have joined the group. These events do fill up very fast, but there are still 11 spots left for the morning time slot.

      March 9

  • Anne G.

    this sounds like a wonderful opportunity to explore a beautiful space

    March 9

  • Will L.

    What a great idea!!

    March 9

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