Etchings in the Sand…

Thoughts and Photos from the Desert…


Thomas Merton has a similar photo to this one of mine. In fact, his photo, called “God”, inspired this one.

Of course a photo-shoot to an abandoned gold mine about a hundred miles west of Phoenix, Az presented an opportunity! I’ve never solved the question as to why Merton gave the “God” title to the photo. I love the image.

Any ideas?


2 responses to “God…

  1. shoofoolatte September 25, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Hi Roger, Well, Merton titled his photo: “The Only Known Photograph of God”. (and now there are two 🙂 … anyway, Merton was kind of a wise-ass at times, and I believe his tongue was definitely in his cheek when he named the photo. Merton’s photo was taken in the years before he had a good camera (this one was taken with an Instamatic), and before his days of serious photography. Nonetheless, my sense is that the hook and the sky has something to do with everything.

    The link to Merton’s photo on the louie site is here:

    I got the photo from a book by Jim Forest. Jim later told me that it was originally a color photo that Merton had taken with an Instamatic camera.

    Glad to see you back to your blog!

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