A photographic appreciation by Dennis Stock (American photographer, 1928-2010)
Dennis Stock discovered the sun as the central graphic element of his own life while on an assignment in the golden hills of Umbria, Italy. He was there to photograph the landscapes that had become so central to the philosophy of St. Francis of Assisi. Inspired by his experience and by St. Francis’ own record of gratitude for his celestial “brother”, Stock set out to begin one of the major works of his career: a photographic appreciation of the sun, “Brother Sun”.
Solar symbolic is ever present in Yazidi holy places, another proof of connection to Mithraism and Zoroastrian heritage, or even older shamanic beliefs. Their calendar is related to solar cycle, religious obligation is a prayer welcoming the sunrise, the domes of temples represent rays of the sun.
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