I recently had the pleasure of spending some time with Uglijesa, an iconographer from Serbia that has been working at Yakima’s Holy Cross Orthodox Church for two and a half years. He explained a bit about the art form to me before we got started, told how he had worked his way up from an apprentice, discussed the intimacy of the work, and requested that I not take too many photos that were about him so much as the paintings, as iconography is typically an anonymous art.
Seeing the great detail and precision that goes into his work was absolutely amazing. In two and a half years he’s covered a large portion of the church, but he still has another four to five years of work ahead of him.
I’ve always been amazed by the scale and intricacy of this type of work, but seeing it in action gave me a whole new appreciation to the dedication and skill it requires.