The Pilgrim


Someone approaching the church, perhaps to worship, perhaps to seek healing from the holy dirt that’s in a small room off the main chapel.

I saw two women and a small boy putting small amounts of the dirt into plastic bags they’d brought with them; they were using an orange scoop and speaking softly, with reverence; I felt like (and in fact, was) an intruder and didn’t stay. A brochure in a rack beside the dirt warned visitors to neither eat the dirt nor steep and drink it.

El Santuario de Chimayó
Chimayó, New Mexico
photographed 12.25.2015

Also – those bags on the wall are similar to the farolitos in Santa Fe, only these are plastic bags with electric lights inside.

Posted on January 9, 2016, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. awesome lines and placement (and relative) size of the human subject.


  2. I wonder what they do with that holy dirt?


  3. good work here/ thanx


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