A shaman stone sends its song across the Gobi desert. Tibetan prayer flags flutter in the wind blowing prayers into the blue sky from a celebratory rock at Namtso Lake. Pictograms found in cliffs in the American Southwest, Africa, Australia, and Asia bear witness to the close relationship of man to the spirit world. Natural rocks stand majestically at their empowered sites.
For thirty years, exuberant adventurer, traveler and photographer Elaine Ling traversed four continents with her 4×5 camera loaded with the now extinct Polaroid 55 PN film to document ancient stones. Her goal was to gather the stories these mysterious architectural wonders tell us about the vanished cultures of our human ancestors and nature itself.
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