Friday, May 18, 2012

Holy Places for the Camera

Holy isn't always a place we see with our eyes. Often, it is a place within ourselves - a feeling, a reverence, a meditation. Sometimes there are places or people that bring out the best in us, filling us with great joy, gratitude, and love. These are different places for different people - a cathedral, a mosque, a temple, a forest, a river, or a wave in the ocean can be a holy place.

Meanwhile, when it comes to photography, my camera doesn't really know "holy", it just knows how to record a moment of light and life. Some structures, and for that matter some people, prove to be subjects that feed my camera's soul-search for light and life.

For example, St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. It's a cathedral (and cathedrals are holy places, right?), but more to the point, it's eye-candy for photographers and cameras. No matter what angle or light, I just can't take one shot and walk away. I'm drawn in to visually explore the colors, shapes, and textures, ever reaching for one more treat...something feed the soul.

So on that note, following are some treats for the eyes and soul - holy places around the world that my camera has explored. Enjoy!

San Francisco de Asis statue and adobe church in Taos, New Mexico.

Church of Our Lady before Tyn, Prague, Czech Republic

The Great Buddha of Kamakura, Kamakura, Japan

Basilica of Our Lady, Brasilia, Brazil

St. Mary's Church, Beddgelert, Wales UK

Punakha Dzong, Punakha, Bhutan

Church of Our Lady in Brugges, Belgium

Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana, Bolivia

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca, Morocco

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

Holy Houghly River, Calcutta, India

Saint Kevin's Church at Glendalough, Glendalough, Ireland

Bodnath Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal

Mission San Luis Ray de Francia, Oceanside, California, USA

Tomb of Salim Christi, Fatehpur Sikri, India

Cathedral de Sevilla, Seville, Spain

Santurio de Chimayo, Chimayo, New Mexico, USA

Swayambhunath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal

Templo Evangelico, Atitlan, Guatemala

Santa Maria Church, Obidos, Portugal

Church of the Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia

And for an in-depth read and photos fn the holiest place I've ever been, check out Mystical Varanasi.

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1 comment:

  1. I love cathedrals and churches when I travel. Sadly many of these are more historical sites than they are places of worship these days. However, the beauty of some of these is unparalleled. I think those that devoted their lives to building these would probably be a little sad to see what many are today. However, I will always appreciate these holy places.