About the Book
This series of digital photographs was taken at The Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, India, in 2017. Taken to be built on the place where the historical Buddha first achieved Enlightenment, 2500 years ago, it is now the principal place of pilgrimage for Buddhists and attracts visitors from all around the world.
Glittermouse first felt a connection with Buddhist iconography as a tourist at temples in China and Japan, a discovery which unwittingly set her on a path to practicing Buddhism in the UK. She travelled to Bodhgaya during a spell volunteering as a teacher in Nagpur, and this collection of photographs record a single day, just before the February full moon.
They aim to recognise moments of stillness and reflection at a site that for all its heritage, can be surprisingly busy and bustling.
Glittermouse (Annabeth Orton) graduated with a Fine Art degree in 2002 and taught at Further Education colleges in London and Manchester for over 12 years. With a broad practice including 2D and 3D in traditional processes as well as digital media, her visual work often reflects a lifelong interest in engaging with environments and people. Her written work interrogates the world through poetry and prose. In 2015 she produced a series of canvases titled The Serenity Series, developed from photographs taken in Buddhist temples in China and Japan. It later transpired that this work marked a personal turning point as well as a creative one. She left the education sector and became a Mitra of the Triratna Buddhist Order in July 2016, publically confirming her commitment to make the associated teachings central to her life. She is now pursuing ordination while exploring less structured outlets for creativity and education. Her current work can be found at www.glittermouse.co.uk