Welcome! This is a collection of some of my best photos featuring some of things I enjoy: Church art & architecture, historic buildings, places and events, scenes of natural beauty, and various saints and sinners! In addition there are images from of my religious life as a Dominican friar.
There are over 10,000 photos in the entire collection now, so it can be a little confusing! These sets might (hopefully) help you navigate the collection. Otherwise, do search the gallery by specific keywords; the photos are fairly thoroughly tagged.
Why do I do all this? This article tells the story behind my passion for photography and this Flickr gallery.
Occasionally some of my photos have come to the attention of publishers and my work has been used in various international newspapers and magazines, iPhone applications, blogs and websites, as book covers, and as book illustrations. When used for commercial purposes, I ask for a donation to be sent to me for the English Dominicans, but do contact me to discuss such use of my photos.
If you like my Flickr photos and wish to show your appreciation in some way, I invite you to make a donation or otherwise please leave me a comment. Please click here to go to our Blackfriars Edinburgh donation site if you want to make a secure online donation. Alternatively, you may wish to send me something via my Amazon Wish List. Thank you!
The photos here are mostly under the Creative Commons license, but this means you still ought to credit any non-commercial use of the photo to 'Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P.', or at least link back to the original Flickr page.
And I always appreciate knowing where my photos have been used, so please contact me and let me know!
The following are some of my photos that have been on Flickr's Explore:
In addition to preaching through images, I also preach through the written and spoken word, of course. My sermons are collected online here.
You may also be interested to visit the English Dominican Province website which I designed and built in 2008 using photos from my collection.
I currently use a Canon 60D, with the following lenses:
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM;
Canon EF 70- 300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM;
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM.
Previously, I had used a Canon 450D, with other lenses such as the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS.
- Love South Africa 12,459 photos, 789 members
- St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh 513 photos, 60 members
- Man of Southeast Asia 824 photos, 276 members
- Ostia Antica 1,641 photos, 323 members
- Modern Church Architecture 2,941 photos, 232 members
- PARIS - ROMANTIC CITY 40,980 photos, 4,780 members
- Glasgow Cathedral 286 photos, 62 members
- Jubilee Ubiquity 91 photos, 107 members
- Banners in churches 816 photos, 21 members
- A Spiritual Journey Across The British Isles And Europe 3,459 photos, 98 members
- El órgano iberico 139 photos, 25 members
- Glasgow Churches 1,265 photos, 88 members
- Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens 12,136 photos, 785 members
- Gothic architecture 5,234 photos, 417 members
- Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM 174,396 photos, 9,592 members
- The Dream of the Magi 168 photos, 21 members
- La Pasión 2,861 photos, 188 members
- Canon L Lenses 291,490 photos, 5,852 members
- Martyrdoms of Saints 441 photos, 35 members
- Martyrium: Female Martyrs 11,072 photos, 430 members
- Christian Iconography and Symbolism 5,157 photos, 230 members
- Canon EOS 60D - Official Group 337,861 photos, 12,570 members
- A Hand in ART 4,019 photos, 187 members
- Greyfriars Kirk 222 photos, 58 members
- Traditional Latin Liturgy 117 photos, 14 members
- Mouseman of Kilburn 127 photos, 6 members
- Philip Webb 197 photos, 19 members
- Stations of the Cross/Via Crucis 288 photos, 33 members
- Edinburgh 100,196 photos, 4,767 members
- Edinburgh Photographers 76,854 photos, 1,932 members
- Something About Mary 1,154 photos, 34 members
- Man for Others 24 photos, 13 members
- Augustus Welby Pugin 120 photos, 15 members
- - Dead Famous - 663 photos, 79 members
- Stained Glass Help 87 photos, 51 members
- Pelican in her Piety 641 photos, 30 members
- Early Christian Art and Architecture 1,535 photos, 99 members
- Northern Gateway Photographic Competition 17 photos, 12 members
- Oxford Colleges 1,357 photos, 87 members
- Saints, Blessed, Martyrs and Venerated of Royal and Noble Origin 699 photos, 59 members
- 2011 Only 359 photos, 61 members
- St Walburge's Church 586 photos, 36 members
- Statues and Sculptures. 273,397 photos, 20,283 members
- London City Churches 2,543 photos, 146 members
- Archangels and angels 8,375 photos, 462 members
- BLACK AND WHITE MOSAICS 998 photos, 266 members
- I LOVE ROME 15,500 photos, 1,142 members
- Wadham College, Oxford 123 photos, 10 members
- Margaret Rope stained glass 707 photos, 16 members
- Dominican Saints 638 photos, 126 members
"Sporadically, I practice what I call "devotional photography," that is, photographs of or concerning sacred things which seek to lead the viewer into reflection upon the truths expressed. Someday, God willing, I will be half as good as Fr. Lawrence. St. Thomas Aquinas described the Dominican vocation thus: "contemplare et contemplata aliis tradere," to contemplate and hand the fruits of that contemplation to others. In the pulpit or with camera in hand, Fr. Lawrence does just that.
If you are Catholic and seeking inspiration, find it here; if you are not Catholic and wondering what it's all about, Fr. Lawrence will teach you. Even if you have no particular religion but are attracted to beauty, come and see."
4th April, 2013
"I discovered Brother Lawrence's photographs several years ago when i first joined Flickr. His photographs are technically excellent but also betray a great passion for the subject. Through his lens viewers obtain a glimpse into a spiritual world and lifestyle and yet his images are often also very worldly. More power to you Brother Lawrence!"
26th November, 2012
"To anyone who aims to capture interiors faithfully, sympathetically and with creativity, Lawrence is an inspiration. He is a craftsman and an artist, painstakingly careful, sensitive to detail, and as good at what he does best as anyone I know on Flickr. If you want to appreciate the true grandeur of enclosed space and light you need go no further than this photostream."
18th September, 2008
"Brother Lawrence's photostream is the journey of a soul. To step in to it, if only for a moment, is a moment of calm in the middle of a busy day, and so I often do. His images are charged with a deep, authoritative spirituality, and become a touchstone to something which is at once deeply grounded and numinous. Thank you, Lawrence."
16th May, 2008
tina negus says:
"A remarkable and thorough documentation of Catholic life today - always wonderfully photographed, often moving, always challenging. I am lucky to have Lawrence as a Flickr friend!"
1st April, 2008
"Would you like to have a young Dominican friar as a Flickr friend? It would be an extremely interesting experience, believe me. I am being visiting his photostream for the last few months and I'm really enjoying it. Nearly each day he will provide you with really beautiful pictures of some art work related to the saint of the day, together with its related history and every other important story you would like to know. But what is much more important. he is an excellent photographer, with a special eye for the interesting detail and a special feeling in finding the best image and composition. Moreover, he writes beautifully and clearly. Even for a Black Friar, he is an outstanding guy."
26th December, 2007
Sir Cam says:
"If photo's are a manifestation of what we are deep inside, then Lawrence OP's images show his love and his search for beauty. I particularly love the spiritual diminsion of his works and the scholarly write ups that accompany his images. Photographically, his captures, and especially his compositions, have become more and more sophisticated. It is always a pleasure to go through his stream and await his new uploads even though he is in Oxford rather than Cambridge:-)"
4th August, 2007
Vitrearum (Allan Barton) says:
"I first encountered Lawrence's photostream at the end of last summer and it is with considerable pleasure that I have watched it develop since then. His photostream reflects his many and varied interests, his love of buildings and of people. Here you will find images of medieval churches and Oxford's baroque buildings interspersed with people going about their daily activity. This is not photography for its own sake, not the work of the antiquarian or collector - there is a real sense that Lawrence's photographic work substantially informs his thinking. His keen eye is undergirded with an extremely strong theological understanding and sense of humour this adds considerably to the value of his work."
27th April, 2007
Martin Beek says:
"I'm delighted to have made contact with Lawrence. His photographs show a deep love of his subjects. He brings a truly spiritual quality to many of his images, both in composition and understanding of light.
Having just met Lawrence, I can say that his open - hearted character is well reflected throughout his works on these pages. Through Lawrence's vision we can see the world in a new and delightful way. I'm sure his photographic work will touch many people and open our eyes anew to the beauty that can be found in creation."
29th November, 2006
- March 2005
- Kuala Lumpur
- I am:
- Male and Taken
- Dominican priest