Wednesday, January 18, 2006

I want to present a few more photos from my "Places of Spirit" project. These include churches, temples, cemeteries, religious icons, natural sites that stimulate spiritual thoughts, and people involved in activities of self-giving, etc. Two of these photos were taken at an old and very unkempt cemetery in San Juan Bautista, California. There are many tiny graves of children with dolls and toys on top, broken crosses, and many fine mausoleums for wealthier families. The photo of the cemetery with the statue and flag is from the Civil War cemetery at the San Francisco Presidio. Many men from California fought in the Civil War. The final photo is of a small "garden Buddha" with a rake in his hands, at the Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, California. The San Juan Bautista photos were taken with a digital camera and converted to sepia tone. The Civil War photo was taken with an old Minolta SRT101 camera with film, and the garden Buddha was also taken with film using a Mamiya C220 camera. Nowdays, I usually always carry a small digital pocket camera for color imaging and a Leica M-2 with black and white film so I have some equipment with me when opportunites present themselves for these projects.

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