Friday, March 29, 2013

"Buddha's Eyes" :: Ric Ergenbright

"Buddha's Eyes" - Ric Ergenbright
On an early scouting trip into Ladakh, sometimes called “Little Tibet,” on the edge of the Himalayan Plateau in Northern India, I spent some time at Thikse Gompa (monastery), where this large golden statue of Buddha is housed. Seeking to create an image that went beyond a mere “record shot” of a specific Buddha and to instead portray a universal vision of Buddhism itself, I chose to focus only on the eyes.

Whenever I see this image I am reminded of God’s words to Moses when He delivered the Ten Commandments: “You shall not make gods of silver to be with me, nor shall you make for yourselves gods of gold” (Exodus 20:23). So it's appropriate, I think, that this image is used on Good Friday, commemorating Jesus' crucifixion for the sins of the world.

Ric Ergenbright has been a professional travel and landscape photographer for more than forty years, and has worked on assignment for National Geographic, Life Magazine, U.S. News, Audubon, Reader’s Digest, Outdoor Photographer, and many other publications. His image licensing clients include most major companies in the advertising, corporate and publishing spheres, from Apple and AT&T to Mercedes, Nike, and United Airlines. Three television shows have been produced about Ric’s work, and an exhibit of his Afghanistan images toured the United States Senate in 1986. He has received numerous prestigious awards for his photography, including the Nature’s Best Award, Pictures of the Year Award, and the Lowell Thomas Award; and he is one of only a handful of contemporary photographers represented in the National Geographic book and exhibit, Odyssey: The Art of Photography at National Geographic. His best-selling book, The Art of God: The Heavens & The Earth, received the Gold Medallion Award as the best Christian gift book of 2000, and is now in its eighth printing.

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