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I took a series of photos these semester for a final project. The course was called “Faith and Beauty.” The theme of our projects were to be centered around the idea of Breath and Dust.
"All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust."
I am of dust; floating aimlessly, simultaneously grotesque and beautiful. God is the light; the light of Christ, the light of truth revealed by the Spirit, the light of true humanity, God-breathed. God lights up the dust, makes it live, reveals its dance. Thomas Merton said, “We are invited to forget ourselves on purpose, cast our awful solemnity to the winds and join the general dance.”
"Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”’”
The Hebrew word for “breath” in the Old Testament is ruach. This word also means “wind” and “spirit.” God’s ruach is coursing through us. In the extraordinary and the ordinary God is at work in us. Life itself, our whole existence, is evidence of that.
These photos are also posted on my personal blog.
Couples dancing in the Grand Foyer of the Paris Opera House at the Victory Ball.
Photograph by David E. Scherman. Paris, May 1946.
From Harlem Photographs 1932-1940: Aaron Siskind