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Sacred Space:   Man and the Divine in Mexico, Guatemala and Southwestern United States                                                              Carolyn Brown Photographer

 

Sacred Spacephotographs seek to transport viewers through 4,000 years of cultural

history, from towering snow-covered mountains and mystical ceremonial sites of the pre-Hispanic world, to peaceful village churches and grand cathedrals of the New World.  The richness of sacred tradition belonging to the diverse cultures of Mexico and Guatemala came together to create a wholly new cultural tradition and spirituality, as we know it today.

 

As the photographer, the experience of photographing this body of work has been life-changing.  Steeped in rich history that often reflects the patina of unbroken use through many centuries, these photographs of sweeping landscapes and small places of devotion depict as honestly as possible, the fascinating sacredness of these historic lands.

 

I began photographing places of historical and cultural significance while living in Egypt during the early 1970’s.  When I moved back to the United States, I often traveled to the Middle East to continue work.  However I longed for a project of equal significance closer to home. Sacred Spacewas to become my all-absorbing project—to study, photograph and love—with many locations within a day’s drive from my home in Texas.

 

Although this body of work was grandly exhibited in 2000 with over 200 mural-sized images (some enlarged up to 30 feet), additions are never-ending. The archive presently consists of over 3,000 unique images. 

CAROLYN BROWN PHOTOGRAPHER
Cowboy Diaries:  Exhibition Invitation
Cowboy Diaries: Exhibition Invitation
Drovers at the Fort Worth Stockyards
Drovers at the Fort Worth Stockyards
Glittering Saddle
Glittering Saddle
Ken Burrill and Vaquero
Ken Burrill and Vaquero
Tyler Peterson and Gotch
Tyler Peterson and Gotch
Kristin Jaworski and McCoy
Kristin Jaworski and McCoy
Drover Boot and Spur
Drover Boot and Spur
Donald Lee and Pete
Donald Lee and Pete
"The Herd" on Exchange Avenue
"The Herd" on Exchange Avenue
Saddle in Mule Barn
Saddle in Mule Barn
Tack Room at Horse and Mule Barn: built 1912
Tack Room at Horse and Mule Barn: built 1912
 Eye of Vaquaro
Eye of Vaquaro
Smiles: Jorge Rodriguez and Happy Longhorn
Smiles: Jorge Rodriguez and Happy Longhorn
Cowboy Coliseum 1908
Cowboy Coliseum 1908
Lasso Artist
Lasso Artist
Barrel Racer
Barrel Racer
Young Barrel Racer
Young Barrel Racer
Waiting for the Bulls
Waiting for the Bulls
Troupe from Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show
Troupe from Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show
Billy Bobs Honky Tonk 1910
Billy Bobs Honky Tonk 1910
Hat Works at Finchers
Hat Works at Finchers
Vintage Gate to Fort Worth Stockyards 1910
Vintage Gate to Fort Worth Stockyards 1910
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