• December 18, 2015

To Photograph Devotion, You Have to Feel It First

Becky Harlan

When Diana Markosian was asked to photograph her first assignment for National Geographic magazine, a piece on the power and legacy of the Virgin Mary, she was cautious. She didn’t grow up with a strong devotion to Mary, and she wanted to make sure she could still tell the story in a powerful way.

In the video above she speaks about her quest to develop an emotional connection with the story and how, in the end, she discovered a kind of kinship between her own role as a photographer and the blessed mother.

Picture of people lighting candles at the Deir al Adra monastery in Minya, Egypt, to honor the Holy Family's stay during their biblical flight to Egypt
In the Deir al Adra monastery, in Minya, Egypt, Muslims and Christians alike light candles to commemorate the Holy Family’s stay during their biblical flight into Egypt. A Marian festival here draws two million of the faithful each year. Photograph by Diana Markosian

See how Markosian collaborated with Mary devotees in Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, bringing their sightings of the Virgin to life, on Proof.

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  1. Silas S
    December 23, 2015

    Becky, for those who would like to understand what history had to say, I would like to refer to the work of Sir Isaac Newton on corruption of the scriptures, publication by the Cambridge University Press, if I am right, which I remember reading about a decade ago.

  2. Silas S
    December 22, 2015

    What is understood from what many are taught is that the father, son, and holy ghost signify one person. In a sense, many perceive it to be singular yet plural. But Mary was one person and always singular. She played different roles as daughter, mother, and spouse. And there has always been a question unanswered in history. How could one be a daughter, mother, and wife to the same person? And God is not someone to be mocked at.

  3. Joyce Balderston
    December 22, 2015

    Be informed. Mary is the daughter of the Father, the mother of the Son, and the spouse of the Holy Spirit. . God gives Her to us as our Mother, who only can leads us to salvation.. Note the number of Marian apparitions throughout the world.

  4. Jaime carrasco
    December 21, 2015

    Maria mother of Jesus walks in the light of him and all of us. If I can say saved by the right Knights and and ran from there to the flower and got to his el paraiso long before they tride to find her

  5. Silas S
    December 21, 2015

    Although Moses wrote a few books in the Bible, he couldn’t have been alive when Mary’s history was written, neither did he have any idea that Mary would be the mother of the one who would become the Christ or the Messiah.

  6. Terence John Molloy
    December 21, 2015

    The worship of Mary is idolatry, simple, forbidden by almighty God Jehovah. Exodus 20, v 4 and 5, the Catholic church is a fraudulent pagan organizations which supports the worship of idolatry, totally disregarding Jesus command to worship only the father, his father, the penalty soon will be the total destruction of false religion, the Catholic church being the foremost apostate religion,
    The bible was being written by Moses over 2000 years before the Koran,
    Of course nobody will take a blind bit of notice, support the Catholic church and you reject God’s word the bible,

  7. Skeptic
    December 20, 2015

    So by the logic of this headline, in order for me to document psychosis, I would need to feel psychotic myself…

    I disagree.

  8. Silas S
    December 18, 2015

    Having been interested in accuracy of historical facts, I am quite inquisitive as to know how the story about Mary became part of the Koran – as it’s considered by many to be a holy book which had been written before the original Biblical manuscripts were inspired. So was the Koran written only after the Bible with 66 books was cannonized or even before the Catholic Bible which is not part of the original canon? What does world history tell about the crusades fought by Catholics and its reflection on these sacred texts? If they were altered to fit into the immediate needs of the day.

    It is surprising to see that the bishops are already employed in a game called chess.

  9. Joan Churton
    December 18, 2015

    Thank you for your insightful article on Mary. It is nice to know that others still find her intriguing.

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