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Category Archives: Religion

medicine man

Healers come in all forms and from all walks of life. MD’s, Naturopaths, Homeopaths, Medicine Men, Spiritual Healers, this list can go on and on. I’m a strong believer that the healing depends more on the person being healed, rather than the form in which the healer is using.  During some time spent in Morocco, I came across this man who, humbly enough, called himself a Medicine Man.  He would sell his potions, remedies and charms to locals and foreigners alike.  He would say, “whoever believes, can be healed”.  This man brought a magical energy to Djeema El-Fna square in Marrakech.

 

prayer flags

Barbed wire fencing lines a hillside road in Dharamsala, India.  Tibetan prayer flags are a common scene in the northern Province of Himachal Pradesh.

Buen Camino

The first day on the Camino de Santiago is said to be the most challenging of the entire pilgrimage. Dealing with the uncomfortable strain of an overloaded pack (mainly camera gear) and the constant uphill terrain, I was certain this trek would get the better of me within the first few hours. Starting well before day break, I began my Camino with a little nervousness and a lot of excitement. 800km before me and all I could see was an endless uphill walk that seemed to never level off. By the time I reached the peak of the French Pyranees I was alone, doubtful, and scared of the journey that I threw myself into. Now I am not a religious man, at least not in the organized sense, but when I stopped to drink some water and take a much needed break, I looked out at the day that was beginning to show itself and suddenly knew why I was there and what lead me to that exact spot.

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Recumbent Christ

I’m always fascinated by the eerie beauty that naturally occurs within Cathedrals.  There is something about that faint, natural light streaming in through the stained glass windows that quiets the soul and forces people to talk in a respectful whisper.  I’ve found that the older the Cathedral or Church the more intense this feeling becomes.

This image was taken during a recent visit to the Santa Iglesia Cathedral in Segovia, Spain.  Found within its many rooms, works of art produced by some of history’s great masters are displayed.  Inside the Chapel of The Descent from the Cross you can view this polychrome Recumbent Christ, crafted by Gregorio Fernandez in the 17th Century.

prayer

A man prays inside St. Peter’s Church in the Vatican City.

St. Peter’s Doors

A man walks towards the doors of St. Peter’s Church in the Vatican City as visiting hours come to an end.

 

Toledo 2

Statue of Jesus at the Monastery of San Juan De Los Reyes in Toledo, Spain.

 

Toledo

With a slow shutter speed and an anticipated aesthetic, I shot this image in one of the many churches that make Toledo, Spain the religious wonder that it is.  Over the centuries the Old City has seen invaders come and go from various backgrounds; evident in its mosques, synagogues and churches that are scattered within the old, medina-like streets.  Wandering through these alley ways, you can feel its history.  It’s in every cobble stone, every historic building and every statue.