Virgin Mary Shrine at St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Church. Phoenixville.
In mid August, an image of what some described as the Virgin Mary appeared on a garage door on Lewis street, a narrow cracked alley way, in Minersville, PA. Hundreds of people came to see her, pray and bless various religious objects.
I drove to Minersville on August 29th and photographed the entire time she was “there”, about 45 minutes. She slowly moved up the garage door as the sun set.
Before she arrived, the crowd of about 150 people buzzed and chatted quietly. One woman standing close to me passed around digital prints from the Rite-Aid up the street, noting the “supernatural” fog in the photos. Of it, she said “Digital cameras capture the energy around her better than film. I don’t know what it is but they do.” I glanced over her shoulder to notice the way the dirt on her camera lens was rendered in the photos. In the midst of the crowd whispering and snapping photos, I turned to the house across the street, noticed a large, shiny statue of the Blessed Mother in the second floor window and noted how the sunlight hit her just perfectly. I smiled to myself as I turned my eyes back to the crowd and to my ground glass.