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© Hannes Schmid, 2019

It took me almost 3 years of perseverance and persuasion to convince the opera master that the Gods could accept my presence, and my camera. It also took me a long time to understand the idea and history behind this century-old performing art. I wanted to document the last fragile moments of this performing art, which is more than just playing music with some actors/actresses singing their lines. This is a part of our cultural heritage, in its own mystical way. The final works in this series are more than just monochromatic prints, they are ‘touched’ by heaven and earth to complete the purpose of their representation to the Gods. My work has won the patronage of UNESCO, in recognition of its contribution to the preservation of world culture.