Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge

To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy. Henri Cartier-Bresson

I love those creative moments, which come out of the blue.  Unexpected and magical, they are doorways into other dimensions.  Our senses are heightened.  Time collapses and we linger in the moment, which lasts for only a few seconds or minutes, but it feels like hours.  There’s a convergence of past and present, reality and imagination, and the ordinary and extraordinary.  For this week’s photo challenge, I’d like to share one of those moments.

On a recent visit to New York City to help a sick relative, I had several hours to myself one Saturday night and headed uptown to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which was fortunately open late.   I wanted to see one of my favorite places in the city–The Temple of Dendur.  To my surprise, the museum was crowded, filled with students, tourists, couples, families.   But as soon as I entered the Sackler Wing, I was whisked away to a calm and tranquil place.  I lingered among the magnificent Egyptian relics created during the reign of Augustus Caesar (15 B.C.).

Sackler Wing 2

I walked through the temple, a massive 82 feet long, and joined groups of people pausing to take pictures.

At the Temple of Dendur, The Sackler Wing, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

With a little imagination, I could almost believe I was in Ancient Egypt.

The Sphinx, The Sackler Wing, The Temple of Dendur, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Sphinx, The Sackler Wing, The Temple of Dendur, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In this last photo, three time periods converge:  Ancient Egypt, the graffiti inscription by P.S. Gorde from 1820, and the present.

Temple of Dendur, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Temple of Dendur, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Once again, as I left, I vowed to return to this magical place on my next visit to New York.   And now, I’d love to hear from you.  What are your special inspirational spots that you return to again and again?  What’s magical about these places?

For more information on the temple and the museum collection, click here.

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    • Hi Rajiv. Thanks for stopping by. Yes, the quote is great. Glad you liked the photos. I only had my cell phone and no special camera or lenses. But the results were better than I expected.

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  1. Hi Tina. Thanks so much! It’s tricky some times to balance the close up shots with the images which give a broader view of the scene/place. The lighting was great–because of the darkness in the space and isolated spot lights. I appreciate your feedback! –Patti

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  2. I love those gigantic old Egyptian monuments. They are so humbling. I return to view large chunks of nature- huge old bristle cone pine trees, mountain sides of crumbling tallus slopes, or just huge boulders.

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