M. Autumn Collins
"I found these vibrant prayer flags on the grounds of a working Buddhist monastery in Kathmandu. The wind was whipping the flags. Each flag has its own symbols and meaning, but they are not prayers for a particular person or success. I like that, instead they are for the wind to take out to bless everyone no matter their faith and wish comfort and hope. I thought of John 3:8, where Jesus says “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You can hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.” Nice ways to think of the wind."
M. Autumn Collins made these photographs during journeys organized by the Global Theological Educational Immersions program of Perkins School of Theology.
Born in Tripoli to parents who were members of the U. S. Diplomatic Corps, Collins grew up in Europe and the Middle East. She graduated from Georgetown University in Arab Studies, and from Perkins School of Theology, earning a Master of Theological Studies degree with a focus on the photography of sacred spaces. Her photographs have appeared in books, articles, magazines, and exhibits. Collins is the publisher of Full Court Press which specializes in works of spiritual and theological relevance. She has been conferred certification as a tea sommelier by the UK Tea Academy in London.