Wednesday, December 30, 2009

From the Archive: Tibetan Worship

From the Archive: Tibetan Worship

Tibetan Worship
Canon EOS 1D-MkIIn | 1/60s | f/4 | 70mm | ISO1600

The heart of a Tibetan Buddhist temple is filled with incense, smoke, candles, worshippers, and a darkness that oppresses the spirit. As an American I feel I have been fed a glamourized view of Buddhism, imagining a religion of deep thought, calming practice, and inner peace. What I found instead was a system of belief oppressive in physical, emotional, and spiritual realms.

Physically, Buddhist monasteries contribute little to the surrounding community, instead exacting enormous religious “tax” upon an already poor populace. Emotionally, I have never encountered a people so dedicated to their religion or striving so mightily to obtain their Nirvana. There is no peace here. Spiritually, Tantric Buddhism is very dark, having ties to the Occult. It leads its followers from darkness into greater darkness in the name of enlightenment.

If you walked with me into the soul of this Buddhist temple you would find it very difficult to breathe. The incense and smoke are so thick that your eyes burn as they strain to see through the murky light. Everywhere you look, you see people like this man, offering up yak butter from containers into the myriad of candles. Others spin prayer wheels, deposit money, or recite their prayers before countless images of ancestors, sages, and deities. You may not even notice, but you would also find it difficult to think. Even as the incense muddles the air, so the spirit world is filled with forces that cloud the mind, making clear deliberate thought a chore, and the entertainment of any opposing religious thought well nigh impossible.

R

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

From the Journal

From the Journal

"Right now my favorite song is "Before the Throne of God Above." I especially love verse 2:

'When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within
Upwards I look and see Him there
Who made an end to all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the Just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.'

"I pick up my guitar and sing that several times a day, just to remember that no matter how overwhelmed or behind I feel I am RIGHTEOUS, LOVED, and ACCEPTED by my GOD! Nothing can touch that. Nothing. Ever. Those words are so full of hope and light! There can be no diminishing of the glory and brilliance of the love that the Father has for me; and the complete fullness of the price has already been paid."

R

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

From the Archive: Christmas Tree

From the Archive: Christmas Tree

The family Christmas tree
Canon EOS 1D-MkIIn | 2.5s | f/5.6 | 15mm | ISO100

Last Christmas we had an awesome tree; one of those trees that you love to find and decorate, one of those trees that inspires living room camp-outs. My dad loved the tree, and wanted me to take a picture. Somehow I never really got around to it until one morning I was up early to catch a flight to somewhere, and realized that the tree wouldn’t be around when I got back. I grabbed my camera, tripod, and shot two frames on my way out the door.

I’m glad I did.

R

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Cassie and Erik are Married!

Cassie and Erik are Married!

Cassie and Erik are married!
Favorite shot... right here!!

Congratulations guys on a fabulous start to your marriage. Cassie, you joked about it turning into a do-it-yourself wedding, but it was great! And it was yours... A wedding should be a celebration of your relationship and what God has done in your lives, and that's what December 12th was for you and Erik. Thanks for letting me be a part! I had a great time snapping photos! May God continue to bless you both!!

R

Cassie and Erik are married!

Cassie and Erik are married!

Cassie and Erik are married!

Cassie and Erik are married!

Cassie and Erik are married!

Cassie and Erik are married!

Cassie and Erik are married!

Cassie and Erik are married!

Cassie and Erik are married!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

From the Archive: Bridge to Nowhere

From the Archive: Bridge to Nowhere

Bridge to Nowhere
Canon EOS 1D-MkIIn | 1/60s | f/4 | 70mm | ISO160

Sometimes as photographers it is easy to think that good pictures come from exotic locations. “Sure,” we think, “I’d take awesome pictures if I were in Africa.” The Bridge to Nowhere may be exotic to you, but for me it was just my own hometown on a fabulously foggy day in late March.

I love this image visually and conceptually. Rarely do we know the end from the beginning, and the times we think we do, somehow we don’t seem to end up there anyway. This bridge does lead to somewhere, but to those who would embark upon its path, that end is a mystery.

R

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

2010 Calendar Images

2010 Calendar Images

The images from my 2010 calendar are now available for sale through my Zenfolio account. Check them out at: http://2010calendar.rowangillson.com Of course, calendars are available for sale as well. Just use the PayPal link at top right to make your purchase. Looking for more than 5 calendars? Just email me...

Cathedral of Saint Andrew
January—Cathedral of Saint Andrew

The Pantheon
February—The Pantheon

Saint Mark's Square
March—Saint Mark's Square

Saint Peter's Basilica
April—Saint Peter's Basilica

The Lennon Wall
May—The Lennon Wall

Saint Vitus' Cathedral
June—Saint Vitus' Cathedral

Saint Salvator's Chapel
Centerfold Poster—Saint Salvator's Chapel

Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família
July—Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família

Venice Alleyway
August—Venice Alleyway

Central Memorial of the Federal Republic of Germany
September—Central Memorial of the Federal Republic of Germany

Holy Trinity Church of Saint Andrews
October—Holy Trinity Church of Saint Andrews

Roman Forum
November—The Roman Forum

Westminster Abbey
December—Westminster Abbey

These images are complemented with a fabulous design by Mandy Novotny and can hang on your wall all year! View the full PDF of the calendar at: http://rowangillson.com/downloads/2010calendar.pdf

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R

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

From the Archive: January Moon Ring

From the Archive: January Moon Ring

A ring around the moon.
Canon EOS 1D-MkIIn | 30s | f/8 | 20mm

In late January 2007, I attended a spiritual retreat in Northern Michigan. Winter storms had dumped over a foot of snow in the region and then cleared out, leaving behind bitter cold and crystal clear skies. On this night temperatures were between 10 and 20 degrees below zero, but the perfect ring around a full moon was enough to lure me out onto the lake for a few photographs.

R

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The Car Story

The Car Story

So, there I was... sitting at Bi-Partisan Coffee with my friend Liz, just chatting away, minding my own business. I have no idea how this came up, and just between you and me, I blame Liz... All of a sudden there she was saying, "You should post on your Facebook status that you're praying for a car and see if anyone offers to give you one!"

"What?" says I, "I'm NOT really praying or stressing about a car, and I don't really feel like trying to manipulate people into giving me one!"

We were still arguing about this when the lady at the table next to us interrupted. "Excuse me, I'm sorry to interrupt," she quipped. "I've never paid money for a TV until just this year when I bought one for $20. I think it's OK to not buy a car." Then she went on, "Actually... we have this old '86 Volvo you can have when we're done with it! I'd give it to you right now, but my husband won't let me quite yet..."

With that we disengaged and I sat there glaring at a very triumphant Liz who had entirely proved her point.

No. I didn't take the car.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Faces of Ethiopia

Faces of Ethiopia

Faces of Ethiopia

Faces of Ethiopia

Faces of Ethiopia
Photo by Carl Larsen

Faces of Ethiopia
Photo by Carl Larsen

Faces of Ethiopia

Faces of Ethiopia

Faces of Ethiopia

Faces of Ethiopia

Faces of Ethiopia

Faces of Ethiopia

Faces of Ethiopia

Faces of Ethiopia

Faces of Ethiopia

Faces of Ethiopia

Faces of Ethiopia

Faces of Ethiopia

Faces of Ethiopia

Faces of Ethiopia

Faces of Ethiopia

Faces of Ethiopia

Faces of Ethiopia

Faces of Ethiopia