My pal Pavel Chichikov…

in addition to beiing a fine poet, is also a fine photographer.

He writes:

I’ve been photographing at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception here in Washington DC. I recently offered the Shrine as a gift one of the prints (see below), a photograph, about 10 X 8, of Our Lady of Vailankanni, an Indian representation of the Blessed Virgin and Child. The Shrine isn’t interested in having it. I’m willing to give it to any party, not private, who would give it a home. It’s free of charge, and would be autographed in the margin. The only other person to have a copy is a Benedictine monk who administers a parish in Baltimore. I’m going to send a smaller version to a PIME priest in Mitapaly, Andra Pradesh, India.

For more samples of Pavel’s photography, go here. There’s 20 images.