California Missions Pictures

California Missions Fine Art Photography Print Gallery

Featured gallery of California Missions pictures by Richard Wong. Museum-quality limited and open edition fine art photography prints for sale.

I visited my first California Mission in 2002 when I stopped by the Santa Barbara Mission while on a family drive up the California Coast. It wasn't until I photographed Mission San Juan Capistrano several years later that I felt compelled to visit and take pictures of all 21 California Missions. This personal project took nearly a decade and has resulted in a number of print sales, photo licenses and been featured in the news.

On a personal note, I'm not religious and pursued this project because I was interested in the architecture and historical aspect. Any modern-day discussion about the Spanish Missions in Alta California and Junipero Serra should also include a balance viewpoint that takes into account the Native American point of view. Colonization resulted in the loss of many lives, ancestral homelands and native culture. The concept of missionaries and converting indigenous groups to Catholicism is a European-centric idea.

Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions or for licensing inquiries.

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