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Sacred Places - Spiritual Images

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In 2014 I exhibited a series of documentary images in Dubai. Each featured a spiritual location photographed during a decade of world travel. The prints were published in black and white.

Cambodian Temples

The first four images were taken during a tour of the temples around Angkor in Cambodia in 2012. Here you can see the temples of Bayon, Preah Khan and Ta Promh. The fourth image features a temple on the jungle a few hours north of Angkor. These images really do speak for themselves – all feature quite remarkable structures from many years ago.

Sacred Places 1: Ta Promh, Angkor, Cambodia

Sacred Places 1: Ta Promh, Angkor, Cambodia

Sacred places 2: Prea Khan, Angkor, Cambodia

Sacred places 2: Prea Khan, Angkor, Cambodia

Sacred places 3: Prea Khan, Angkor, Cambodia

Sacred places 3: Prea Khan, Angkor, Cambodia

Sacred places 4: The Temple in the Jungle, Angkor, Cambodia

Sacred places 4: The Temple in the Jungle, Angkor, Cambodia

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

This image of the Taj Mahal features slightly less obvious view than most pictures of this structure. I shot this from a rowing boat at the back of the temple to the almost haunting sounds of a hindu funeral.

Sacred places 5: Taj Mahal, Agra, india

Sacred places 5: Taj Mahal, Agra, india

Voodoo Temple, Benin

The next two images feature scenes from French West Africa. The first shows a voodoo temple in Benin. The second shows one of the remarkable mud mosques scattered around Bani, Burkina Faso.

Sacred places 6: Voodoo Temple, Benin, Africa

Sacred places 6: Voodoo Temple, Benin, Africa

Mud Mosques, Burkina Faso

Sacred places 7: Mud Mosque, Bani, burkina Faso, Africa

Sacred places 7: Mud Mosque, Bani, burkina Faso, Africa

Religious Mural, Tehran, Iran

Although there are many beautiful structures in Tehran I selected this image of a religious mural for the series. There are many striking murals in the city. Some are religious, others political and several are decorative. I particularly like the authenticity the white car adds to the scene.

Sacred places 8: Tehran, Iran

Sacred places 8: Tehran, Iran

Jetvnaramaya Stupa, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

One of the largest stupas in the world can be found at Sri Lanka's former capital. The ancient city of Anuradhapura is another of the world's wonders.

Sacred places 9: Jetavanaramaya Stupa, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Sacred places 9: Jetavanaramaya Stupa, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

The last of my photos features the magnificent golden stupas of Yangon in Myanmar. (Formerly Rangoon in Burma). The vista is dominated by the splendid Shwedagon Pagoda in the foreground.

Sacred places 10: Pagodas, Yangon, Burma

Sacred places 10: Pagodas, Yangon, Burma

These images are from a private collection and do not feature elsewhere on the Mr Smith website. If you would like to know more about them or others in the series please get in touch.

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