It's Week 25 and we are half way through this 52 week Photography challenge. Wooohooo!
This week we explore images that reveal diversity in cultures.
One of the best things about travelling is that you get exposure to cultures, unlike your own.
Exploring how people 'do life' is not only interesting but enlightening to realise that although we might do some things differently, essentially we are all the same.
Connection to others
One of these things is the need to be connected to family. To know that we are loved unconditionally and accepted within a group is essential to us all.
Another factor that cultures share is the need to explore a spiritual dimension to life. We see it in beautiful architecture, sculpture, artworks and rituals as we try to bridge the gap between man and God. Churches, mosques and temples are functional places designed as meeting spaces for rituals and sanctuary.
Good vs Evil
Another common element between cultures is the belief that man is flawed and needs to strive to be righteous or good. Christians believe God has 'paid the price' so no penance needs to be paid, while other religions require annual penance rituals.
Most cultures share a belief that there is a battle between good and evil and that good has or will triumph in the future.
Cultures share the practice of decorating places of worship. Figurative or not, the representations are designed to assist the visitor in their worship and understanding of the stories and beliefs that form their culture.
No matter where or how we live, we all want the same things....
As you explore and photograph other cultures, try to;
- Be respectful of the dress and behaviour requirements inside places of worship. You may not share the beliefs but if you are on your best behaviour as a visitor you are more likely to have access to good shots.
- Don't photograph people at prayer or devotion in close-up, unless with permission.
- If you want to participate, ask first.
- Shoot from an unusual angle that your audience would not have seen before.
- Varying ISO settings is very helpful to increase light sensitivity since most of these places are softly lit.