Chuck Kirchner | Photography: Culture, Ritual, and Spirit | Emotion


May 18, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

When traveling, I'm often on the search for a meaningful experience and a meaningful image (not always at the same time or place). When visiting the spiritual/religious venues in the ancient Ethiopia town of Aksum, I noticed in the corner a woman at prayer before a lightly shrouded image of the Saint Mary the Virgin at, appropriately, the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion. Light was streaming through a nearby window and I could feel, even from a distance, a fervent prayer being offered. A sharply focused, intense photograph would not convey what I was envisioning and what the woman was likely experiencing. Thus I slowed the shutter speed down as I created this image reflecting this time and place.  Serendipity?  Perhaps.  A gift, indeed.


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