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Living with monks, X-Pro2.
Old 02-17-2019   #1
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Living with monks, X-Pro2.

2018 I stayed about a week with two monks in a small monastery. I stayed in one of their cells and lived buy their schedule. It was a great experience and i will keep on with this project. I have a few stays planed in other monasteries.

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The photos are outstanding.
For personal reasons I find them compelling and chilling and disturbing all at the same time.
Great work, keep it up.

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Looking forward to your follow-up. My brother has been staying in monasteries a week a year for many years now and loves the experience.
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The photos are outstanding.
For personal reasons I find them compelling and chilling and disturbing all at the same time.
Great work, keep it up.

Marty

same feelings here, and captivating, private and slowed down
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Wonderful series. We’re you commanded to silence many hours? Or is that just in the movies?
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Wonderful series. We’re you commanded to silence many hours? Or is that just in the movies?
Except for prayers, Latin and bible studies they rarely talk. They wake up at 4.30 am. but don’t talk to each other until breakfast around 10 am. They only talk in the kitchen or in the library. No place else.
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Nicely done, thank you for sharing these.

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Excellent images - and a fascinating project.

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Excellent and interesting photographs. I have visited many Catholic sites, but never participated at that level. Immersing yourself in what you photograph certainly gives the photographs more veracity, and makes the interpretation stronger. The photography becomes an extension of and possibly even an interpretation of your faith. Where was this?

I do not mean to be mean-spirited, but there are very severe issues in the Church right now (and I am Catholic with no intention of leaving). Did you note any "undue" behavior occurring?
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Excellent and interesting photographs. I have visited many Catholic sites, but never participated at that level. Immersing yourself in what you photograph certainly gives the photographs more veracity, and makes the interpretation stronger. The photography becomes an extension of and possibly even an interpretation of your faith. Where was this?

I do not mean to be mean-spirited, but there are very severe issues in the Church right now (and I am Catholic with no intention of leaving). Did you note any "undue" behavior occurring?
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This is a small monastery in Sweden with only two monks.
I'm an atheist so I have no connections to the catholic church. My view is to meet and document the people who choose to live like this in 2019. Why, is not that important to me. They have made a choice and I just want to document it. No judgement.
I don't know how the Catholic church should be, so i could not see any issues.
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Some of them (no 1, 3 & 4) are excellent! Good eye, just the type of photography I like.
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Strong work.
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Thanks!
This is a small monastery in Sweden with only two monks.
I'm an atheist so I have no connections to the catholic church. My view is to meet and document the people who choose to live like this in 2019. Why, is not that important to me. They have made a choice and I just want to document it. No judgement.
I don't know how the Catholic church should be, so i could not see any issues.
Thanks. I just guessed based on the Marion image and dress, but likely (given Sweden) this is a Lutheran monestary. Do you write also? I am curious about their thoughts and feeling also; though you expressed this abstractly (and beyond words) through the photography.
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These are remarkable. Great composition, and the mood of the monks really stands out. There's something about the austerity and solemnity of this which bothers/disturbs/unnerves me, though. Minimalism has been the fashion with monks and nuns before minimalism became a mainstream trend, and they seem to carry that attitude into their comportment as well as environment. I don't feel a sense of joy in their devotions, even quiet joy.
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Beautiful photos, really enjoyed these. Thanks!
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