Sacred Spaces
       
     
Angkor Wat
       
     
Hagia Sophia
       
     
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
       
     
La Sagrada Familia
       
     
Pha That Luang
       
     
Saint Colmcille's Well
       
     
Wat Tham Pha Plong
       
     
Sacred Spaces
       
     
Sacred Spaces

A few years ago, just before I left for a trip to Istanbul, a painter friend of mine asked me to “go to the Hagia Sophia and take pictures of pretty little details you can’t see in books.” There are many amazing photographs of the grand facade of the Hagia Sophia, but what about the window grates? Her request became the inspiration for this series.

Throughout history and across the world, people have tried to connect to something greater by creating sacred spaces. Although they vary in size, color, composition, or character, they share a common purpose: connecting the individual to the eternal.

This collection of images aims to show how different people at different points of history hoped to achieve this connection, and to draw attention to the details of the care that goes into creating a sacred space.

A selection of images from Sacred Spaces was exhibited in Chiang Mai as part of F/28 Chiang Mai Month of Photography. This is an ongoing project, projected completion in late 2018.

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Angkor Wat
Siem Reap, Cambodia
January 2016

 

Angkor Wat
       
     
Angkor Wat

Siem Reap, Cambodia
January 2016

Hagia Sophia
       
     
Hagia Sophia

This photograph is particularly important to me because the Hagia Sophia is again under renovation. Everyone else was trying to get pretty pictures of the architecture that block out the scaffolding. Instead of strategically cutting it out of view, here I made it the focus in order to emphasise the long history and the many transformations through which the Hagia Sophia has gone.

Istanbul, Turkey
August 2014

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
       
     
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Chiang Mai, Thailand
January 2016

La Sagrada Familia
       
     
La Sagrada Familia

“In the lighting of churches there is a misunderstanding that an abundance of light is a positive element - that is not so. The light should be just right, neither too much nor too little since both things blind and the blind cannot see.”  - Gaudi

Barcelona, Spain
June 2015

Pha That Luang
       
     
Pha That Luang

Vientiane, Laos
January 2016

Saint Colmcille's Well
       
     
Saint Colmcille's Well

County Donegal, Ireland
April 2016

Wat Tham Pha Plong
       
     
Wat Tham Pha Plong

Chiang Dao, Thailand
February 2016