Sufism in Auburn

Had an interesting experience one night…

I met the Sufi scholar at a mosque in Auburn at around 10:30pm. The exterior of the mosque, on a normal residential street, was pretty much just a door and a single window.

We then proceeded inside, there was 6 people in this Sufi group who like to meet once a week. The lights were turned off to minimise distractions and they began to pray in a chant. The chanting was repetitive and occasionally increased in tempo. Single words like “Allah” and lines from for Koran were repeated. The whole session went for about 45 mins.

Members of the group slowly began to enter a trance like state, hypnotised by the group’s harmonised chanting. A way of connecting to God in a spiritual manner. I shot a roll in pure darkness and using the small pop-up flash on the EOS 30. This strip I took whilst they were praying, no light what so ever, pushed film to 1600 and given a little extra in processing.

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