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Christopher Roche photographs go on display in Covent Garden

17 May 2019

Christopher Roche

Baba Luxman, a sadhu in Varanasi, India, during his daily puja in the Ganges

Baba Luxman, a sadhu in Varanasi, India, during his daily puja in the Ganges

AN EXHIBITION of photographs by Christopher Roche, Devotion, is on display at the h Club in Covent Garden, London, until Sunday. The exhibition is the result of a five-year project to record spiritual practices around the world.

Mr Roche writes: “Over the years I photographed both the intimate and epic nature of several faith traditions: private moments of prayer and meditation alongside monumental scenes with thousands of pilgrims in dramatic landscapes.

“I saw commonalities that transcend faith and frontiers — the use of prayer beads, the practice of pilgrimage, and the devotion to shrines to name a few, and, of course, just as many differences, but all these outward observations appeared to me to conceal a deeper truth.

“Across borders and amidst scenes of deep devotion I encountered poverty, superstition and repression. I saw, as is the case in most religions, women excluded from the privileged domains of men. However, I also experienced the beauty of the human spirit and a shared desire to connect to something greater than our self.”

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