The Sacred and the Profane

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Good morning,  I’ve reached back in the archives for a couple of analog photos that I took during my Navy Years (1968). During Vietnam I was deployed on a carrier that  traveled to Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. In one of those places I encountered this Buddha Sculpture in a park. It is rendered in Sepia tones because the dyes in the transparency had faded away over the years.

Before I was deployed on the ship, I was stationed at Imperial Beach NAS in California. On weekends I would catch a bus and head to San Diego or the beaches up the coast. One one urban exploration I took the photo of the street sign. of the Strip Club, however I cannot verify the veracity of the advertising.

Buddha by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Buddha

 

Go Go Girls by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Go Go Girls

 

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Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Good morning, I’ve reached back in the archives a bit for this photo of Sacred Heart Church in Greenville, NH.  I have been inside this church many times but never noticed the statue until I took this photo in HDR. I find that photography makes me pay closer attention to details.

Sacred Heart Church by John Poltrack on 500px.com

 

Prayer

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Sunday’s photo theme is #SacredSunday

In 1985 I traveled to China for Digital Equipment Corporation. We were installing computers that were to be used in the construction of the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei Province.

I expressed a desire to visit temples and my hosts took me to several. These were busy places, more touristy than I expected . I spotted this young woman praying. Note that she is dressed in the typical Post Cultural Revolution olive drab. Many of the men were dressed in similar blue jackets.

China had freedom of religion but the religion must confrom to “normal religious activity”. Falun Gong, Tibetan Buddhists, underground Catholics and Uyghur Muslims face harassment. There is a lesson here for our country when candidates push to impose religious views.

 

Prayer by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Prayer