Sacred Spaces
       
     
 Angkor Wat Siem Reap, Cambodia January 2016
       
     
 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.  Hagia Sophia Istanbul, Turkey August 2014
       
     
  “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  La Sagrada Familia Barcelona, Spain June 2015
       
     
 Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Chiang Mai, Thailand January 2016
       
     
 Pha That Luang Vientiane, Laos January 2016
       
     
 Saint Colmcille's Well County Donegal, Ireland April 2016
       
     
 Wat Tham Pha Plong Chiang Dao, Thailand February 2016
       
     
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 Siem Reap, Cambodia January 2016
       
     

Angkor Wat
Siem Reap, Cambodia
January 2016

 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.  Hagia Sophia Istanbul, Turkey August 2014
       
     

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.

Hagia Sophia
Istanbul, Turkey
August 2014

  “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  La Sagrada Familia Barcelona, Spain June 2015
       
     

“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

La Sagrada Familia
Barcelona, Spain
June 2015

 Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Chiang Mai, Thailand January 2016
       
     

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Chiang Mai, Thailand
January 2016

 Pha That Luang Vientiane, Laos January 2016
       
     

Pha That Luang
Vientiane, Laos
January 2016

 Saint Colmcille's Well County Donegal, Ireland April 2016
       
     

Saint Colmcille's Well
County Donegal, Ireland
April 2016

 Wat Tham Pha Plong Chiang Dao, Thailand February 2016
       
     

Wat Tham Pha Plong
Chiang Dao, Thailand
February 2016