Sacred Spaces – Photo Exhibit by Norm Shrewsbury at the Flagstaff Photographic Center

Flagstaff Photographic Center

Lotus in Pond Rigdzin Ling, California

Lotus in Pond Rigdzin Ling, California

Bodhgaya Stupa Bihar, India

Bodhgaya Stupa Bihar, India










Druid's Chair Avebury England

Druid's Chair - Avebury, England

“Sacred spaces are everywhere,
it depends more on one’s perspective than an official designation.”

The Photography of Norm Shrewsbury
Opens: Friday, October 7, 6 – 9 pm

Reception with the Artist at the FPC
Friday, October 21, 6 – 8 pm

Show Runs: October 7 – November 19, 2011

Flagstaff Photography Center
107 N San Francisco St #3
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001


These images are photo illustrations based on how i experie4nced these places not necessarily how they looked. Photography is an artistic medium. I feel i am returning to its roots of selective focus, vignetted lens, a vibrant hand colored  look of the earliest color process blending painting with photography yet maintaining the integrity of the photographs

“My intention with the images in this show is to honor the sacred essence these spaces possess. My recent work is inspired by 10 years of focused spiritual study of Tibetan Buddhism and a recent one year pilgrimage to East Asia visiting India, Japan, China, and Nepal.

“However, many of my favorite subjects, have been right here in the Southwestern United States. Utah and Arizona have contributed to a great majority of my images, as these are locations I have called home for the past 30 years. Providing fine art photographic prints to collectors for over 25 years that combine a passion for Eastern philosophy, quirky and dazzling sights, and interesting people.”

The book Sacred Spaces was released at the opening with over 80 images from around the world. Proceeds from the sale of the book go to support Tibetan refuges in exile in India.  Jean Rukila contributed eclectic accompanying text evoking the spirit of the images. Look for a future post for more info on the book.

A forth coming book “A year at Lotus Lake” along with a supporting WordPress blog will chronicle the one year pilgrimage Norm made to Asia in 2008- 2009.

Currently some of that trip can be seen on the website
Norm is a former commercial photographer and movie cameraman once based out of Moab, Utah. He has integrated visual content into website design, e-commerce, blogs, social media, and training as a fine artist and a college professor in digital media technology, for over 25 years. He currently live in Sedona,  Arizona.

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All Photos © Norm Shrewsbury, 2011
Sacred Spaces

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Rainbow Bridge the Largest Stone Arch in the World is found in Utah

Rainbow Bridge a stone arch in southern Utah

Rainbow Bridge, Utah

Rainbow Bridge in Utah, is the worlds large natural stone  bridge at 290 feet high, 275 feet wide, 42 feet high at it’s base. While working as a guide and photographer for Canyonlands Field Institute, based in Moab, Utah I had the opportunity to visit this remarkable structure on three occasions.

My first visit was viewing it from the air at  about 500 ft,  sitting in the passengers seat of a single engine Cessna flying to a dirt strip at Marble Canyon, Arizona. My friends and I were to put-in at Lees Ferry,  to start an 18 day Grand Canyon River trip. Hiking to the bridge was the most dramatic as I was on a solo, over night hike starting at the tail head near at Rainbow City, on the Navajo Reservation, at the base of Navajo Mountain. The third visit was by house boat from Dangling Rope Marina on Lake Powell while the easiest direct access with out the thrill of discover it did provide the perfect weather for creating this photograph.

By contrast the largest natural arch in the world is also in Utah, in Arches National Park and known as the Landscape Arch. It is located in the Devil’s Garden area in the northern part of  Park. According to 2006 measurements, it is 93 m (306 ft) wide, which placed it as the longest. The height is 23.6 m (77.5 ft), width is 5.5 m (18 ft), thickness is 1.8 m (6 ft).  It made national l news a few years ago when a tourist captured on video of a piece of it falling off during a holiday visit.

Stone arches the longest being that are formed over a flowing stream of water are also referred to as bridges. In truth water erosion is always at least partially responsible for arch formation even if the flow has long since disappeared after millenniums of geological transformations.

Norm Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury Fine Prints
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