05/29/2011 09:09 am ET | Updated Jul 29, 2011

Buddhism's Sacred Places: Photos By Kenro Izu

A picture may say a thousand words, but taken by Kenro Izu it is more like a thousand silent breaths. In Izu's photography, ethereal moments, sacred places and holy people are frozen in motion. His medium -- platinum prints -- has a timeless, contemplative quality. And in fact, meditation is a part of how he gets the shot. Asked how he decides it's time to snap the photo, he responded, "I try to face a monument, blank my thinking, and see if it vibrates to my heart."

Izu has traveled the world with his custom camera, but we've compiled just 10 photos that brilliantly capture the geography -- inner and outer -- of Buddhism. The photographer has included insights into how he established each frame.

Buddhism's Sacred Places in Black and White