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Spiritual Illumination
Photograph by Cary Wolinsky

Prayerful pilgrims carry candles in the Torchlight Ceremony at Lourdes, France, before a statue of a saint. French philosopher René Descartes believed that there are two fundamental substances in the world: minds and bodies. Though only the latter, he said, could be fully described by physics, the notion of the body was united with that of mind in a very intimate way, each acting upon the other. At Lourdes, this philosophy turns to faith as six million annual visitors arrive in search of physical cures—and often leave with spiritual ones.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 70-200mm zoom
Speed and F-Stop: One second
Weather Conditions: Wet
Time of Day: Night
Lighting Techniques: A neutral density gel was placed on the existing spotlight on the grounds to be sure the statue would not be overexposed.


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