I visited a Hindu temple when I was in Calcutta, in 2014. The temple contained the statue of a holy man whom I never learned about; I don’t know a lot about Hinduism. Inside, I witnessed Pūjā, the Hindu practice of prayer. The ritual includes offering the deity flowers, fruits, foods, and incense in addition to more conventional prayers. It was notable to me that most of the people in the temple kept their eyes open as they prayed. In Hinduism is important to see, and to be seen by the gods and by others in the community, the practice of Darśana.
Years ago I asked a Hindu friend of mine, a photographer, what he was working on. He told me that he wasn’t making pictures for two years. Instead he was looking under rocks. He wanted to better appreciate what is real, tangible, and earthy. I remembered him as I wrote this.
Creation is a gift and a blessing from God. The beginning of Genesis amazes me with beauty, thoughtfulness, and care. The intricacies of the earth, where we live and move and have our being with God, were not accidental. The universe is too imaginatively profound, sensually excessive, and astonishingly well designed not to be appreciated.
These are portraits, in process, celebrating the beginning, the first days of creation as described in Genesis. My desire is for those images to be diverse, sensual, evocative, and experientially inviting.
In the beginning was the Spirit, the Creative Energy, the Wind, the Word… And the Word was with God and the Word was God.
The Genesis Prints are 17”x 17” archival inkjet prints on matte paper.