Karen Baden Thapa

Fine Art Printmaking

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.   I had a roll of black and white film and I was taking photographs in one of the rooms and I saw a very short, tiny, nun heading for the doorway.   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
Mayerling Nun