Monday, November 7, 2011

Prayers

Payer Time
On Saturday I went to the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque) it was amazing.  I have a ton of photos to get through, but the first thing I did when I got back to the hotel was pull this set off the camera.

In Prayer
As I was leaving the mosque the sun was shining in through a set of windows just as a group were beginning their prayers.

At Prayer
Only moments earlier the mosque had been filled with tourists snapping photos, but as they all left there was a sense of quiet that filled the enormous room as a few men began their prayers. As amazing as the architecture and design of the building were, they had nothing on that quiet moment of peace and I'm so grateful that was the moment I happened to pause and notice the people and not just the architecture.

Alison Krauss - A Living Prayer


Pin It

22 comments:

Tezzie said...

I'm so excited that you're in Istanbul!!! Turkey is one of my favourite countries, EVER! I hope you'll end up getting to explore other parts of the country while you're there...it's so amazingly unique and beautiful!

Valeria said...

Have a wonderful time.
The images speak to themselves. Gorgeous light. I am waiting to explore Istanbul through your work

Angie Willis said...

Great photos Jamie. I've always found these kinds of shots difficult but you've really got it right - the silhouettes are wonderful. I know what you mean about those sudden moments of peace - I was looking round Chichester Cathedral once, looking at their modern tapestries, when a choir practice started up. It took my breath away even though I'm not a Christian. I believe it doesn't matter what faith you follow (even none at all) -your soul still reacts to these truly spiritual moments.

i.ikeda said...

Gorgeous! I love the "silhouette" effect the sun creates coming through the windows.

I have an email address for you for someone out there, if you're still interested. Let me know.

amy b.s. said...

beautiful photos!

Marisa A. said...

So beautiful. I can only imagine how much more impressive the atmosphere was than the architecture.

tinajo said...

Beautiful, must have felt special! :-)

Anna said...

How exciting a change of place, space, and country can bring! The last image really speaks to the quiet and power of prayer! I'm looking forward to all the new places that you will take us :)

urban muser said...

these are beautiful shots!

Christianna said...

Wow, this looks beautiful! That's so awesome that you stuck around long enough to see the prayer! Bet it was amazing!

Marcie said...

Love that you waited for the quiet..the meditative peace.

Karen said...

You've captured the moment beautifully, and I'm always glad to listen to Alison Krause!

blue elephant photography said...

the photo seem so serene! i can't wait to see how the outside looks like!

Tat @ Mum in search said...

It's fascinating to a Westerner how people just stop everything to pray, every day at certain times. It's great that you managed to get your moment of peace.

Cat said...

The lightly looks absolutely magical ... the essence of peacefulness.

lisa said...

What a wonderful experience this must have been Jamie, and you have captured it so beautifully. Thank you for sharing these here!

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

I love when you're able to live in the moment of the experience. Looks like you captured that moment perfectly :)

The Blonde Duck said...

How cool!

Punctuation Mark said...

how beautiful... i've never been there but i loooove their food!

Ms. Becky said...

your photos are serene Jamie. I can feel the quiet. thanks for that. happy day to you. be safe.

The Blonde Duck said...

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Dagmar said...

Hi Jamie,
read all your posts..amazing..and truly beautiful..glad you will be able to go back and get more photos...you are so right...your job sounds like a dream one and it probably is..but all those things you say are true about travel..so enjoy your Carribean cruise..where you don't have to unpack more than once on your trip!
ox

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...