I'll conclude that exhibiton Monday, August 5 from 7:00-8:30 by speaking about Photography as a Spiritual Practice. The pamphlet Rivers Edge created: "In this contemplative evening, John will lead the participants through how their own inner spiritual journey can be discovered and expressed through the arts with a special emphasis on photography.
John Holliger is an Episcopal priest, professional photographer, and Quiet Day leader from Delaware, Ohio. "Praying with Icons, ancient and natural," " The Potter and the Sycamore--the Spirituality of Imperfection," and "Creating the Poem of Your Life, Taking Our Clues from William Stafford," are some of the themes of John's Quiet Days."
The Second Exhibit is closer( Martin de Porres Center 2330 Airport Drive, Columbus OH 43219
,Phone: 614.416.1920 ) and in the Fall: “The Elder Trees; the Mystics and Poets of the Forest”
This exhibit opens Tuesday, Sept. 3 with a from 7-9pm. The closing date is October 17, with a similar presention of "Photography as a Spiritual Practice" from 7 - 9 pm.
One of the books that has inspired me over the years is by Gary Snyder, The Practice of the Wild. The first
and last chapters are ones I return to: Ancient Forets of the Far West, (After the clearcut, at work in the woods,
Us Yokels) and Survival and Sacrament (an end to birth ). When a writer names what is, when the writer does not use euphemisms or cliches, but honest, straight-forward truth that the writer has experienced, the disease of craziness I have picked up from the world around me, loses its power and I can get on with what is. Or as the Buddhists say, the Suchness of life.
Here is a brief excerpt which I believe is legal to put on a Blog since it is brief and the purpose is to encourage your interest in his book, I think Gary Snyder would not object. Page 71: Nature's Writing. A text is information stored through time. The stratighraphy of rocks, layers of pollen in the swamp, the outward expanding circles in the trunk of a tree, can be seen as texts. the calligraphy of rivers winding back and forth over the land leaving layer upon layer of traces of previous riverbeds is text. ... a group of words that have not changed much through twelve thousand year--are tree names: birch, willow, alder, elm, ash, apples, and beech (bher, wyt, alysos, ulmo, os, abul, bhago)
Go to Abe's Books on line or your local library. He is worth at least a glance through...