Saturday, March 22, 2008

NGM: Pilgrims' Progress

Photograph © Francisco Leong-AFP/Getty-All Rights Reserved

As we're in the midst of the Easter Week, I thought of posting Pilgrims' Progress, an interactive feature from the National Geographic Magazine. Its an interactive map showing pilgrimage sites on and off the beaten path.

On the map are the two Middle Eastern pilgrimage destinations; Jerusalem (Al Quds) and Mecca. The Indian sub-continent alone has 5 pilgrimage destinations. It would be an interesting project to photograph each of these destinations in depth...and document the similarities between all the world's faiths. The two pilgrimage destinations of Mecca and Medina are off-limits to non-Muslims, but the project could be a collaborative effort between a number of photographers.

The above photograph is of the statue of the Holy Mary of Fatima at the Catholic shrine in Fatima in Portugal.

National Geographic's Pilgrims' Progress

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