Piece description from the artist
One of twenty-five in a signed Limited Edition produced on Watercolor Smooth Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308, a 100% cotton rag artist's paper. There is a 1/4-inch border for matting. The print is signed on the back and numbered.
This photograph was done in the Philippines while visiting “Our Lady of Manaoag Church, located in Manaoag, Pangasinan, about 200 kilometers north of Manila.
The central figure at the altar of the Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag is locally known as the patroness of the town, it is one of the most venerated Marian images of Mary in the Republic of the Philippines.
The statues in this photograph line the streets outside the church and are sold the faithful who have come seeking a miracle.
Skip Nall has been a photographer for what seems to him like forever. When he was about 12 years old, his father gave him an Argus Rangefinder 35mm camera, and he instantly fell in love with photography. A “few” years later, he was photographing advertising, corporate, and editorial assignments in Dallas, TX.
In 1995, American Airlines sent him to Germany to photograph a story on the popularity of the American cowboy there. It was his first trip to Europe, and it was eye-opening. He met people that really wanted to be American cowboys; these Germans were so enthralled with the idea that they even built replicas of Western towns. Later that year, American Airlines sent him France to photograph a story on wine. Going up into the French mountains to photograph wine chateaus was an exciting assignment. During this trip, Skip made his first visit to Paris and fell in love with La Ville-Lumière, The City of Light. While he was there, he decided to take a hiatus from advertising, take up residence, and concentrate on travel photography.
Skip has since returned to the U.S., but he still travels extensively, photographing the places and people he encounters along the way. He is also cofounder of the f8 School of Photography Workshops and teaches classes there ranging from basic photography to more advanced applications of HDR and Photoshop.