1230 – more National Geographic Magazine pictures

In blog 660 we showed you one picture from the 1983 National Geographic magazine (with a discussion if this picture was fake).

Today we will show the rest: the picture are made by James L. Stanfield.

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Monks pile the bones of brothers in a charnel house.

Simonospetras by evening, with two different light conditions, and the photo that gave some discussion, if the bones of this former abbot could fit the box.

The inscribed skull of a priest at St. Anne's monastic community.
Skiti Ag. Anni: the inscribed skull of a priest at the monastic community

A master carver and Orthodox priest poses with his work.

Father Niphon, a master carver, has lived as a hermit for more than 50 years

An Orthodox priest says his prayers in his home filled with icons.

Karoulia: Father Niphon, two dozen hermits inhabit caves and Spartan huts

A mosaic of Saint Nicholas of the oyster in Stavroniketa Monastery.
Stavronikita: St. Nicholas of the Oyster – in the 16th century, after fishermen found the icon with an oyster embedded in its forehead

Meals are simple and solemn as monks eat soup, olives, bread and wine.
Stavronikita Monastery: monks having a simple meal

But the National Geographic photograpic archive has more Athos pictures, from which I do not know the year of publication (or if they were ever published at all?).

Here three pictures of a photographer named James P. Blair:

A monk reads scriptures on a rowboat in the Aegean Sea.
Monk reads scriptures on a rowboat in the Aegean Sea

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Simonospetras: after morning service and early meal, monks have a discussion on the rectory balcony

An elder monk counsels a younger monk.
Simonaspetras: an elder monk counsels a younger monk

And than there are three pictures made by Gilbert M. Grosvenor (past president and chief executive of the National Geographic magazine, as well as a former editor):

A monk reads scriptures in a vaulted refectory at a monastery meal.
Panteleimonos: a monk reads scriptures in a vaulted refectory at a monastery meal

Monks and pilgrims feast on a saint's day in an ornate refectory.
Monks and pilgrims feast on a saint’s day in an ornate refectory of Panteleimonos

A Greek Orthodox abbot in red and gold robes raises a golden cross.

The text by this says: “Greek Orthodox abbot in red and gold robes raises a golden cross”. I think it must be a Russian Orthodox priest or abbot from Panteleimonos(?).

Wim, 20/6

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