PILGRIMAGE - El Camino de Santiago

El Camino de Santiago – the Way of St James – is an historic pilgrimage trail

through north-western Spain. Once a Roman trade route, “ for over a thousand years it has attracted travellers from around the world who come to walk, reflect, find like-minded companions.”

Why in our secular age are so many people captivated by this medieval Christian pilgrimage? Over 200,000 people walked the Camino in 2013; nearly half were Spanish, followed by German, Italian, Portuguese, French, US, Ireland, UK, Holland, Canada, Korea.

Perhaps it's because in our busy modern lives, more than ever, we need escape valves like the pilgrimage, a chance to empty the hard drive and refresh the spirit, eight hundred kilometers, just you and the road, a crash course in life. 

These are some of the questions and themes I've been exploring with this project, I am now in the process of approaching publishers with a proposal to produce a photographic book on the Camino.

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Confession, Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Confession, Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Storm approaching, Jesus leaving Fancebadon

Storm approaching, Jesus leaving Fancebadon

Hospice of San Nicolas, 12th c. Restored and run by the Italian confraternita Jacopo di Compostela di Perugia, located near the village of Itero de la vega. Only 12 beds, no power no running water, dinner by candle light- magical!  

Hospice of San Nicolas, 12th c. Restored and run by the Italian confraternita Jacopo di Compostela di Perugia, located near the village of Itero de la vega.
Only 12 beds, no power no running water, dinner by candle light- magical!
 

Solitary figure of a pilgrim leaving the city of Burgos early morning beside the 13th century Burgos Cathedral.

Solitary figure of a pilgrim leaving the city of Burgos early morning beside the 13th century Burgos Cathedral.