Panetta Photography

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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.

Rome & Religion

I am currently sifting through a backlog of images and projects that I worked on over the last year. I will post selects from each in the following days and weeks.

To get the ball rolling, here are a couple images that were taken while wandering the streets of Rome.


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.

Castle Door

Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find it; knock, and the door will be opened for you.

-Jesus Christ

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.