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Unlit Wishes


Nepal Collection

Name: Unlit Wishes

Date: Fall 2012

Country: Nepal
In every instance of seeing butter oil lamps – at every Stupa, every temple, every monastery – they were always lit. They were a huge, beautiful mass of flickering carrying up the wishes of those who had lit them.

These waiting outside the Asyura Cave had yet to be claimed. There were rows and rows of unlit butter oil lamps just waiting for someone to come along, say their prayer, set fire to their wishes and give the lamps their duty to carry out.

This image spoke to me with more depth in Black & White. It resonated within me. They were the fine line that life, thoughts and wishes carry. Will the results be negative or positive, black or white? What is it that people wish for when lighting these lamps – for good to come to all, for their one wish to be successful, for compassion for the world? Or is it a selfish wish placed only for themselves? Here is a portrayal of the Black & White shadows where our wishes reside.


Order: Available in multiple sizes. To obtain your own fine art print, visit the Order Page.

Stories: The images were taken while I was on a 18-month sabbatical around the world. To read of my experiences in Nepal, visit 30 Days of Adventure.