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Divergent purposes, St. Vladimir Cathedral, Kiev, Ukraine, 2009

Divergent purposes, St. Vladimir Cathedral, Kiev, Ukraine, 2009

A religious service was in full flower as we visited this elegant cathedral, dedicated by Czar Nicholas II in 1896 to commemorate 900 years of Christianity in Russia. My fellow photographer Tim May ( ) was busily framing a shot, seemingly oblivious to a worshipping Kievite not far from his right elbow. She is as intent on exercising her faith as Tim is in getting his shot. I juxtapose two human beings back to back from opposite sides of the earth who share a moment in time and space for entirely different purposes.

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Phil Douglis22-Nov-2009 04:42
I noticed the reflection on your glasses as well. Whatever you may be looking at the moment seems as important to you as the words of the priest are to this woman. And that is the point of the image. To each his (or her) own.
Tim May21-Nov-2009 22:51
It is hard for me to make images in a place of worship, especially while there are worshipers there. But I do try to be respectful and I ultimately think that the images of people worshipping adds to the spirituality of the world. I notice the reflection on my glasses that probably shows what I am looking at.
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