I was shown the photo of the ‘SkycHook’ yesterday, in a seminar on Mindful Photography during a Conference on Christian Mindfulness.
I hope to share with you some of my own mindful photography.
Thomas Merton, The Sky Hook
This image, described as “ the only known photograph of God,” is the work of Thomas Merton (1915-1968), Catholic monk and photographer.
It captures the essence of Merton’s humorous and profound personality, as well as the evocative and finely-observed nature of his photography. Searching for God, – in his friendships, his monastic life, his writing, his art and photography and supremely in his prayer and meditation, was Merton’s lifelong work. This image draws us immediately into the heart of his contemplative vision: “We must begin by learning how to use the visible creation, which mirrors the story of the invisible God” (The Monastic Journey).
When his eye alighted on this hook, hanging above the horizon of the Kentucky hills, Merton saw it as a mirror of this invisible God, who cannot be known until we acknowledge the inadequacy of our…
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