Devotion

Devotion

In collaboration with Le Ciel Foundation Chris Roche is delighted to present an exhibition of works from his project Devotion that explores ancient and disappearing faith traditions around the world.

This online exhibition will run until Christmas with 20% of all sales being donated to Le Ciel Foundation.

The images from the gallery can be purchased  as archival Giclee prints.  They come in three limited edition sizes with a signed certificate of authentication.  A framing service is also available.

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You can read more about this project  here

 

 

Over five years I photographed both the intimate and epic nature of several faith traditions: private moments of prayer and meditation alongside monumental scenes with thousands of pilgrims in dramatic landscapes. This journey took me to the Himalayas and the Andes; the republics of the North Caucasus, Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan; to the remote and holy Mount Kailash on the Tibetan plateau; to a Kurdish village in the Zagros mountains of Iran; to Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world; and to the highlands of northern Ethiopia.  I saw commonalities that transcend faith and frontiers – the use of prayer beads, the practice of pilgrimage and the devotion to shrines to name a few, and of course just as many differences.

Across borders and amidst scenes of deep devotion I encountered poverty, superstition and repression. I saw, as is the case in most religions, women excluded from the privileged domains of men. However, I also experienced the beauty of the human spirit and a shared desire to connect to something greater than and beyond ourselves.

Many of these ancient traditions are now being lost to the forces of globalisation, mass tourism, political oppression, religious extremism and even global warming. I hope that this project is in some small way a testament to the importance of these traditions – traditions that reflect a shared and fundamental aspect of the human condition that dates back to the dawn of time.

Chris Roche

 

For sizes and prices please view the online shop here

You can read more about this project and images here