I started taking my camera to the nunnery and they got used to it

March 4, 2016
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I started taking my camera to the nunnery and they got used to it

I started taking my camera to the nunnery and they got used to it

“My aunt was a nun at Monestere de la Visitation on top of a mountain in Annecy, France. We went to see her every three to four years. Not many people know about the visitation order. They are contemplative and devote themselves to meditation. They get up at 5:15 every morning and work. They took a vow of silence, so all of their work is done in silence. They pray certain times of the day. They have times of community where they can share their week or stories. It is hilarious when they all start talking because it has been pent up. They are wise women. They say problems are the same and haven’t changed in hundreds of years, whether you are behind the walls or in the world. They are a little group of women with big stories and we need to hear what they have to give.”

“I started taking my camera to the nunnery and they got used to it. I love the black and white pictures because that is their long, black habits. They are so graceful, they don’t walk through a room, they glide. It’s beautiful and it has been the same since they started in 1610. I have always done photography. It is hard to pinpoint where it began, but my father and grandfather were photographers and my dad always had a camera. I have an exhibit of photographs and painted photographs and we are taking this to different monasteries in the US.”

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