Happy Fourth of July from NG Prague! We all spent a wonderful day in a small town outside Prague called Kutna Hora, famous for its Bone Church and idyllic streets.  Kutna Hora is best known for its spooky Sedlec Ossuary, a small Roman Catholic Church that is decorated from top to bottom with real human bones. Built as a way to celebrate life and humble oneself with the inevitability of death, this church — recently named by Yahoo as one of the top 20 scariest places in the world — was a fascinating thing to photograph.

Students enjoying Prague on the 4th of July.

Bones decorating the Sedlec Ossuary. (Photo by Trip Leader Riley Arthur)

 

The trip leaders also had a Fourth of July suprise for the students!  The group gathered at Prague’s famed television tower, which is decorated with statues of faceless, crawling babies and was illuminated brightly in red, white, and blue for the night. Below the tower, the group sang “Happy Birthday” to America and lit sparklers! Then, we used the opportunity to practice night photography and taking long exposure images. After a lesson on light painting,  the group finally got the perfect Fourth of July shot:

Students work together to capture the perfect Fourth of July photo with their sparklers! (Photo by student Aimee A.)