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Divine Projections: The Beauty of Places of Worship, Regardless of Faith

After years of monastic life in a Buddhist forest monastery in the jungle of Thailand, Ernst Christen returned to the hyperactive Western world. Although now a “convinced atheist,” Christen, a Swiss photographer, would find solace in the peace and tranquillity of the places we use to worship God, whomever He may be – the chapels, churches and cathedrals, and the mosques and synagogues too. “I began to visit every temple, every mosque, every church and every synagogue that crosses my way,” he says. Christen, born in 1964, worked as a project manager in the automotive industry. He quit and decided to travel the world on bicycle, before becoming a Buddhist Monk in Thailand. He now lives near Solothurn in Switzerland In all the coming and going of visitors, Christen would find a quiet corner, and work on finding a way to capture the spirituality of the place. “It is not the building itself that I want to photograph,” he says. “What I am trying to capture is its noble and contemplative atmosphere.” In doing so, he realised how difficult it …


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