The “key” is to smile and ask politely

In Mariana, unlike Ouro Preto, we could sometimes photograph inside the colonial-era churches. One church, N. S. do Carmo, has two bell towers, and I wanted to climb up into one of the towers in order to get a high angle to photograph the adjacent church, S. Francisco de Assis. Susanna kindly did the translation, and to our surprise, Fernanda gave permission. With a gigantic iron key, Fernanda unlocked the massive wooden door leading to the narrow winding stone staircase. In order to show our gratitude, we decided to take Fernanda’s photograph and email her a copy. This is the photo we’re sending, which also shows the 18th century key. The other photograph shows S. Francisco de Assis church from the bell tower of N. S. do Carmo.

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2012


Copyright Keith Kenney, 2012


About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

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