Karen Baden Thapa

Fine Art: Printmaking ,Mixed Media, Photography

Mayerling

PhotographyKaren Thapa

Mayerling is a Vienna Woods hunting lodge, turned into a convent, where the Grand Duke of Austria and his lover committed suicide.  I took a day trip to Mayerling when I was a teenager.  As usual, I fell behind the tour guide and the group.  I had a roll of black and white film and I was more interested in taking photographs. In one of the rooms, there was a very short, tiny, nun.   I wanted to take her picture but I was too shy to ask.  I heard her pulling the gate closed behind us and I turned and got this shot.  It has always been one of my favorites.

Mayerling Nun