Ibolya Feher Photographs Nuns Who Have Taken a Vow of Silence

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Oct 21, 2014
References: ibifeher.blogspot & featureshoot
In 'Sisters of Sclerder,' photographer Ibolya Feher documents the life of nuns in The Carmelite order, one of the longest-running, most scrupulous orders in the Catholic faith. Along with their vows of chastity and poverty, the nuns have also taken on a vow of silence. All of their daily tasks, save for prayer and brief recreational breaks, are carried out in complete silence.

Feher was able to get inside the walls of the 200-year-old Sclerder Abbey only after convincing the prioress that she her intention was to merely capture the nuns' daily lives, judgement-free.

During her time there, Feher was subject to the same silent treatment as everyone else. Still, there is a sense of warmth and honesty emanating from each photograph; a sense of welcoming and goodwill, or, more accurately, God's will.