Photographing Prayer

 

pacersprayercover Grant’s Prayer 

“Prayer is the vitamin of the soul.”
– A Silent Prayer in honor of ‘Our Week of (War) & Peace

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Lord, I’m Sorry
by Anew(Duo)

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Photographing Prayer

 

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Ethiopia: Innocent Prayers of a Young Child by Steve Evans

 

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Evening prayers at Har-Ki-Pairi Ghat in Haridwar by Dirk Hartung

 

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children’s prayer by rana ossama

 

 

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CT National Guard prayers for Newton courtesy of US National Guard

 

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Afternoon Prayers by Karl Grenet

 

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In deep prayer by John Ragai

 

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Prayer in Peace for Ukraine

 

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Prayer time… by Rakesh JV

 

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desperate prayer by Mathieu Jarrry

 

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Football Prayer by Ben White
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World’s Smallest Lord’s Prayer by Frank DeFreitas

 

In honor of Peace Week

 

 

47 comments

    • A Minority Opinion:

      These pictures bring sadness to me. While most people believe prayer to be a wonderful endeavor, it would serve humanity far better if all those who pray to a god, to a spirit, or to ancestors would instead focus on a single tenet–Do unto others as you would have time do unto you. Would it not be better to drop all other aspects of prayer and theological belief, and believe only in universal empathy and benevolent reciprocity. What benevolent god or spirit would not appreciate that?

      Of course, it isn’t going to happen and religious exclusivity and territoriality will continue to divide the world and foment xenophobia and fundamentalist hatred.

      After all, the great majority of believers believe what they were taught to believe from tot-hood, ignoring the fact virtually all others of differing faiths believes theirs for the very same reason. It is a vicious cycle of inherited belief.

      Prayer is useful only to make the one praying feel better and be accepted into a society of others who believe in prayer. Would it not be better to actually do something for one’s poor neighbor rather than sit and pray to oneself that the neighbor gets help? Would it not be better to understand and converse with adversarial cultures rather than sit and pray for world peace?

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      • I understand the feeling about “action” over “words.” However, a focus on spiritual connection through prayer is meant to be a focus on maintaining internal peace so that you can live outwardly with that same peace.
        Peace starts within. For me these images reflect a commitment to internal peace, just like a Buddhist meditating would be.
        The SECOND thing I see is UNITY. In recognizing what all spiritual faiths share (such as prayer) we are encouraging that cooperation and understanding that you speak.
        Prayer is one element that unites us all, so let’s create more images that showcase what unites instead of what separates.
        There ARE MANY actions of unity among faiths as people live their daily lives. These are not shown on the media because it serves no “agenda.” They’ll showcase bombings, kidnappings, rape and violence but will not show the daily greetings and cooperation among people living in the same neighborhood, or the charitable gestures and social connections that exist daily.
        Promote the beauty, such as this post does for prayer so that WE PRESENT THE NARRATIVE that we want to see told, not just what the manipulative among us want to see.

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        • Hello I am not sure who your question is too, perhaps my eyes keep passing over the word Minority and in the event it was to me, I would just ask for clarity. Thank you for adding your voice.

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          • Sorry that I didn’t explain myself more. Aghhh expectations… When I hear “we”, “us”, “minority” it always feels for me that people try to be bigger, and afraid to be along. Bigger and stronger in their opinion, why? Is it not good enough? Think about it… it is either our opinion, or someone else. What I don’t quite understand is why we try to put a responsibility on someone else shoulders. Someone whom we can call nicely “Others, not me”, or “Minority”. It is there, but not at the same time. Like air. How do you count Minority? What is Minority? How many? Who are they? How did you find them? and minority is the opposite number to majority, how many is majority then? Me and my wife? Or is it a number in my community, what does that mean “Minority opinion”? Is it you assuming few people think so? First words and so many question. The rest of the post is straight away questioned.

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  1. Kendall, crying…although not just for me, feeling so in my heart. Each and every image together with the music speaks to my soul. Love you for what you do, Kendall!!!

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  2. It is good that most people have found a way to feel better about life. It is without question, at least to me, that prayer is the best method for placating one’s insecurities and providing a bit of comfort and faux hope. I’ve researched and written an article on the efficacy of prayer. http://thebenevolentthou.com/2015/03/05/is-god-deaf/. My stand is that it’s better to build confidence in one’s self and strive to bring comfort to others via the “Golden Rule,” rather than to rely on the gods of antiquity.

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  3. I love prayer. I pray everyday pouring my heart out to God in happy and sad times. I always pray and I always strive to do work so my answers could be realized. I also need to remember to pay attention to answers to my prayers and to be an answer to someone’s prayer. Thank you for sharing this! Prayer rocks and works!

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    • Sometimes we can see when we cannot or do not hear. We are indeed fortune that the photo lens captures the imagination and the vision of the artists. Thank you for adding your voice and welcome to The Neighborhood.

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  4. Mr.Laskowitz, That’s my song up there on this post! ‘My Heart’ A very Inspirational tune, along side some Inspirational Photographs! Have a great day Ray!

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  5. Ray, I can assure you as a photographer that Kendall is using all captures as the law and ethics dictate it. There is no any harassement, nothing illegal. I am one of the partcipating photographers and had a thorough agreement before he used the photos – and thats what he made with all. I have a full trust on this issue. Thank you, have nice lights! Gabor Dvornik

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    • Agree with you… Me too working with KP from quite a long time and whenever he uses my photographs he give proper credits and I guess The Neighbourhood show is a wonderful place to exhibit and share your work with others..So Keep Picturing and keep sharing smiles 😊

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  6. great pictures and a touching subject! Thanks for sharing. And I’ll be interested to hear what you find out regarding flickr’s creative commons photos. I’ve seen several marketing companies lately that are suggesting using these.

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    • Thank you for your kind words and I am very grateful you enjoyed the show. I will address the artistic issues both as a general comment and update to this post. But in the interim, the link below is to the legend flick legend on how each photo in the creative commons can be shared and how it should attributed. Thank you again and welcome to The Neighborhood.

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  7. I have a prayer. It goes something like this, “Oh Lord, please teach people that if they keep stealing my pictures pretty soon I won’t be able to keep producing my work or feed my family.” Back links are barely a start. Ask permission and think about paying for the pictures.

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    • Ray – It is very important to me that every song, every photograph every word is given proper credit. Each prayer photograph is linked to flickr’s creative common photographs. Please let me know which of these photos are yours so that I can take the proper steps.

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    • Ray – I can appreciate your frustration. However, The Neighborhood – at its heart – is an artists collaborative of visual, recording & written-word artists, which means that in most newer posts, the songs, films, visual artwork and written-words, permission has been specifically granted and/or the artists actively collaborates in producing original work or selecting their own work. Creative common artwork is shared – as in this case – to bring a wider variety – to the viewers and introduce artists’ work to another audience – via the sharing the process. Work is always linked to the source, and in many cases, the artists is privately messaged. As an artists myself, it is with great pride I note, that rather it is a resident artists, guests artists or creative commons sharing their work is treated with the same care care as I treat my own.

      I’ve checked each of the photographs shared in Photographing Prayer and none of them seem to be work attributed to you. Nor does it appear your work has been introduced or shared within thepublicblogger.com, so I imagine your frustration was not directed here but in general. But please know you are welcome. – KP

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      • It’s not frustration. It’s business. If you had published one of my pictures, I wouldn’t send you a take down notice. I’d send you an invoice for three times the normal rate, for unauthorized usage. Try to understand that publishing pictures all over the internet without proper payment or authorization hurts the entire community. It doesn’t help. Oh yeah. Creative Commons is pure BS, mostly driven by people who can’t get work or license their work by normal means.

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  8. Beautiful, Kendall! Sometimes pictures are worth a thousand words…..There is always hope as long as people know that they can’t do it on their own and turn to the invisible realm for help. Although our prayers might be different, God hears them all since He knows our very hearts and why we believe what we believe.

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