Travis Dove July 2, 2010Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Greece.
Mount Athos, Greece
Travis Dove (b. 1981, USA) received his BA from Wake Forest University in 2004 where he studied communication and studio art. He later interned on the photo staffs of several American newspapers including The Boston Globe and The Charlotte Observer. While working toward a master’s degree in photography at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication he was named the 2007 College Photographer of the Year by the Missouri School of Journalism. In recent years his work has been awarded by World Press Photo, POYi, PDN, the NPPA, and the WHNPA, among others. In the fall of 2008 he completed a prestigious photo internship at National Geographic Magazine. His work has appeared in large and small publications across the globe. Recent clients include National Geographic, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
About the Photograph:
“This image was taken on my second trip to Mount Athos, the spiritual center of the Eastern Orthodox Church. I was there on assignment for National Geographic. Athos is a monastic state within northern Greece that was established more than 1,000 years ago. Just after midnight on Easter Sunday this group of monks gathered outside of a ninth century church and began chanting, ‘Christos anesti—Christ has risen.’ The litanies around Easter transform the generally quiet peninsula and the mood turns celebratory. The monks of Mount Athos often pray all the way through the night during special celebrations, as they did on this occasion before breaking seven weeks of fast.”