Jerusalem: Muslim

Part 2. I lay on the floor of the mosque, trying to get a photograph of a man praying with his forehead to the carpet. As I got back on my knees I looked out the door to see a group of Christians carrying a cross down the Via Dolorosa. Such is the proximity of the different faiths in Jerusalem, the third most holy site of Islam.

Also in close proximity are the Dome of the Rock (2nd photo), completed in 691 AD and the Western Wall (as seen in the previous blog). The Dome of the Rock sits atop the Temple Mount where the Jews had their second temple until it was destroyed in 70 AD. The temple mount is one of the most contested pieces of land in the entire world. We had planned to make a second trip there, but postponed it because of rain. We found out later  that had we gone, we would have encountered a riot of Palestinians who were protesting a shooting death in a nearby neighborhood that morning.

(Canon 5D2, 24-105mm @47mm, 1/50 sec, f4, ISO1250)

(Canon 5D2, 24-105mm @32mm , 1/160 sec, f8.0, ISO100)

(Canon 5D2, 70-200mm @200mm , 1/500 sec, f2.8, ISO200)

Photos ©Copyright Gary S. Chapman 2010

6 thoughts

  1. Love all 3 Gary. The angles on the top 2 make them different and unique. I don’t thing I have seen prayer shot that intimately before with a wide/normal lens. Had you visited with man before you shot this photo? Was this in a small mosque? You have done a wonderful job connecting with these subjects and with the ones in the previous post. Inspiring and humbling at the same time.

  2. Matthew,

    Thank you. We stopped to talk with the Imam and asked if we could come back and photograph their prayers. They were very gracious and even said we could ask questions if we wanted to know anything. Yes, it is a small mosque in the Arab section of Old Jerusalem. We felt very privileged.

  3. Gary, I love the unique angle you shot of the Dome of the Rock. So hard to shoot icons and find a new and different angles. Looks like you and I are both blogging about Islam today 😉

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