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Last Night In Heaven

My Photo scholarship 2010 entry

USA | Tuesday, 5 October 2010 | 5 photos

What motivates piety? Is there such a thing as divine inspiration or is it a repetition of our natural urge to express, wish, and dream? Admiration of religious structures evokes strong feelings within each of us due not only to any personal judgments the viewer may hold, but also such architecture builds upon the most base human instincts, therefore creating imagery which we all can relate to on some level. As displayed within this collection of photos, the architecture of Notre Dame holds great power in this respect.

People are seldom my favorite subject for the camera; the mere physical presence of a person does not always merit inspiration to shoot. As I began my search for a series of photos that would convey the idea I wished for, I began to realize the human element of photography did not always necessitate the presence of the literal human. Through the selection of these photos I realized that the stories and ideas which could be told through the remains of what someone constructed were just as rich, if not richer, than a simple portrait of a person. Observance of humanity through their actions and effects; through the footprints we leave behind – that is what I wished to capture. So if I have discovered anything during this experience, it is that I deserve this award because I have found a new appreciation for the art of photography and a stronger bound with what I can see. With this I can not only capture what Bhutan offers me but also learn from what I discover.

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