Wednesday, December 1, 2010

LAURIE ZUCKERMAN PHOTOGRAPHS VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE SHRINE, ANTONITO, COLORADO

Twelve Days of La Virgen de Guadalupe at
el oratorio de juan diego y la sagrada familia 
roadside shrine in Antonito, Colorado
Day 1:  Conejos, Colorado
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 2010

Day 2: Antonito, Colorado roadside shrine, 2006

Day 3: Antonito, Colorado roadside shrine, 2010
Can you find the changes in four years time?
Amazing how little has changed in this public shrine.

Day 4: Antonito, Colorado roadside shrine, 2006
This stunning Guadalupe is dedicated to Blanche Kleid Zuckerman, 
my dear mother who would be 88 years old today. For you, Mom!!

Day 5: Antonito, Colorado roadside shrine, 2010

Day 6: Antonito, Colorado roadside shrine, 2010

Day 6: Villanueva Grotto, New Mexico 2007, comparing Guadalupe statues

Day 6: Villanueva Grotto, New Mexico 2007, comparing Guadalupe angels

Day 7: Antonito, Colorado roadside shrine, 2010

Day 7: Antonito, Colorado roadside shrine, 2010

Day 7: Antonito, Colorado roadside shrine, 2010

Day 8: Antonito, Colorado roadside shrine, 2006

Day 8: Antonito, Colorado roadside shrine, 2010

Day 8: Antonito, Colorado roadside shrine, 2010
Notice La Madre Dolorosa's tears.

Day 9: Antonito, Colorado roadside shrine, 2010

Day 10: Antonito, Colorado roadside shrine window, 2010

Day 10: Antonito, Colorado roadside shrine painting, 2006

Day 10: Antonito, Colorado roadside shrine painting, 2010

Day 11: Antonito, Colorado roadside shrine, 2006

Day 11: Antonito, Colorado roadside shrine, 2010

Day 11: Antonito, Colorado roadside shrine door from inside, 2006

Day 11: Antonito, Colorado roadside shrine, 2010
Look carefully, that is my reflection in the door.

Day 12: Antonito, Colorado roadside shrine, 2010

Day 12: Antonito, Colorado roadside shrine, 2006

Day 12: Antonito, Colorado roadside shrine, 2010

Day 12: Antonito, Colorado roadside shrine, 2010

Day 12: Antonito, Colorado roadside shrine, 2010

Hope you have enjoyed my tour in Antonito!!

Day 12: Rocky Ford, Colorado yard shrine

Happy Virgin of Guadalupe Day to all who have joined in!!!

Laurie Zuckerman shares her birthdate, December 12, with La Virgen de Guadalupe, Mexico's widely revered Virgin. This might just be why I respond to her image so viscerally. Over the Thanksgiving Break, I traveled to Southern Colorado and photographed images of the Guadalupe in the oldest operating church in Conejos County, aptly titled Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. I also re-photographed "el oratorio de juan diego y la sacrada familia" roadside shrine on the southside of Antonito. Days 2 through 12 are photos I have documented from this Guadalupe roadside shrine. I have visited this shrine several times over the years, on my way to and from Northern New Mexico. I will be comparing shots from a 2006 visit with my 2010 visit, as my interests lie in how the shrine is used or changed. It is likely that the people who own the shrine have made these decorative additions and subtractions themselves. It is also probable that the community brings offerings to this shrine that are periodically "cleaned up." A third possibility is that the shrine is occasionally vandalized, but the four-year documentation of this shrine shows little change or abuse. I just want to know what happened to these beautiful flowers and leis on the Guadalupe. She is housed in a tiny, closet-sized building on Highway 285 leading south of Antonito, and well-protected from the elements, keeping her in pristine condition for a chalkware statue. I reveal outdoor shots of this shrine on December 12th.


Hope you've enjoyed the tour. Thanks for coming along!!!

PLEASE log onto Recuerda Mi Corazon to see more wonderful images of La Virgen de Guadalupe on Rebecca Brooks' blog. Rebecca is hosting "A Virgin a Day." Other artists are sharing their daily visions of Guadalupe on Rebecca's site, too. What a sweet commemoration! I am thoroughly enjoying the experience each day.

On December 13, I will begin a Rock of Ages series, plus a Baby Jesus series, honoring the twelve days celebrating the Christmas season, as I was raised celebrating Christmas, not Channukah. 

36 comments:

rebecca said...

so thrilled to have you here among us, celebrating the virgin of guadalupe,

and YOU!!

how fitting that you would be born on december 12.

i am so happy that many of my readers will know first hand your incredible photography.

see you in the morning,
rebecca

Redondowriter said...

That is amazing that your birthday is on the Virgin of Guadalupe's feast day. I love this photo and look forward to seeing more Colorado photos you took.

Spadoman said...

I love your idea of posting 12 photos of Our Lady fromthe same place. Like giving us a collection. Very nice.

Peace.

turquoise cro said...

Pretty soon it will be my daughter-in-law's birthday too, December 12!!! Mine is 11/11 and hers is 12/12!!

Paula Scott said...

Yes-I see lots of differences in both photos even though at first glance they look so very identical!
2006: pink lei on Virgin-gone in 2010
St. Francis has a green lei in 2010-none in '06
2010:red flowers on bottom right, tin flower (top right), Nativity set bottom left
2006: bottom right has marigolds that left in 2010
Votive candle in the center changed
Anyway, there is more, but I think this is enough!
Great post!

Peacefully*Chaotic said...

What lovely photos!I would love to visit that place!i will be visiting you daily to look at more wonderful photos of La virgen!Carly

Redondowriter said...

I did notice the lei around St. Francis's neck and there's a creche on 2010.

Redondowriter said...

I did notice the lei around St. Francis's neck and there's a creche on 2010.

deb did it said...

I gave birth to my son on December 12, 1983. So many wonderful images here....happy to have you along.

Annie said...

Dear Laurie,

The roadside shrine is lovely and inspiration. I noted some of the changes and was gratified to see that there hasn't been any visible damage made on it. Holy Mother is truly universal and mother to us all.

eb said...

beautiful
Beautiful
BEautiful...

so happy to have stopped by,
xox - eb.

rebecca said...

laurie...
this is so touching. the intimacy you allow us, the observer, by offering a collection of photographs over time.
it so embraces your sensitivity to humble offerings straight from real life outpourings.so soulful and abundant with their own sweet stories.

thank you...i will be here daily with great interest.

Annie said...

I love these daily details you are sharing here of the inspirational roadside shrine.

Noelle Renee said...

An incredibly beautiful collection of photos of a lovely shrine. It is good to compare the details over time. Very deeply inspirational. Thank you!
Noelle

Paula Scott said...

Here's to your mom! (mine too).
That is such a beautiful shrine.

rebecca said...

i find todays photograph completely enchanting.
i am so enjoying this "reveal" day by day. like the next chapter of a perfect book.
a book you hope will never end!

Meri said...

How lovely to share a birthday -- how wonderful that the Virgin is dedicated to your mother. So glad you're with us in this endeavor.

rebecca said...

oh to read the black letters on the locked white box!

Spadoman said...

I just returned home from a road trip. Too bad that trip wasn't out West instead of East, I would have looked for this shrine. I get down to New mexico a couple of times poer year and will definitely find this place and see it for myself. I love it, by the way. I'm also dedicating my Virgin a Day posts to my mother. Great photos all around.

Peace.

Paula Scott said...

There is so much detail in this shrine. I'm glad that you have posted close ups of the details because that a lotta stuff!
You will have to read the letters on the locked white box for Rebecca and I!

Fran aka Redondowriter said...

When I was in New Mexico, I noticed the roadside shrines as well--assuming someone had passed away there as a result of accidents.

turquoise cro said...

I would definately give them a donation for candels!hehe

Paula Scott said...

As you present us with more and more details of this shrine, I am beginning to see to the extent how unique and truly special this shrine is. And, grateful to the Vigil family for heir energy, effort and vision.

Noelle Renee said...

It is quite amazing and incredibly crowded there. It is a beautiful shrine. I love the way it keeps changing. It is a very nice journey you take us on. thank you.
Noelle

Fran aka Redondowriter said...

The more photos you post, the more amazed I am. I assume this is a large indoor shrine vs. what I referred to in my comment yesterday as being places in the road where accidents happen. Where exactly is this shrine in relation to one of NM's larger cities?

Laurie Beth Zuckerman said...

Thanks to all of your wonderful comments, you followers of Recuerda Mi Corazon. I have included some additional info with location of this Antonito Shrine in the body of the text. Glad to have such an avid group to enjoy these photos and details!!

rebecca said...

so glad you are here....leading us along.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

A PRAYER

Lady, hear me as I pray,
Guard me in the pilgrim way;
Guide my hands and guide my feet;
Teach my lips to be discreet
So that as I speak I may
Render grace by all I say.
Help me, Lady, chaste and kind,
Bend my will to your fair mind.


© 2010 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Spadoman said...

Love the latest postings. Looks like oil on canvas. Kepp 'em coming!

Peace.

Annie said...

And now a 24 hour chapel opened everyday. I LOVE how this post has been building and increasing. I'm looking forward to following Rock of Ages and Baby Jesus.

Fran aka Redondowriter said...

I have so enjoyed seeing the photos of the roadside shrines.

Paula Scott said...

Happy Birthday Laurie!!! I hope it proves to be a day filled with joy and love.
I will say that the shrine you have shared with us on this journey is the shrine to beat all shrines. I am glad that you took all of the 12 days to share it and I bet there's still a lot left that we haven't seen!
Blessings...

Stephanie said...

Thank you for this tour of this amazing community...I haven't been in years but feel like was just visiting.

x..x

Noelle Renee said...

It was an amazing tour with wonderful details and your pictures were fantastic. Thank you for sharing. Happy Feast Day to you!
xo,
Noelle

Annie said...

What an uplifting time I have had at your roadside shrines. Your domestic shrine closing it at the end moves the journey from a trip for everyone to something very personal.

J said...

What a place for your face to appear. Very rare.
Most interesting.