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Images of Essence: spiritual photography and poetry

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How does one express the inexpressible? Shawn Nevins writes poems. Bob Fergeson takes pictures. Images of Essence is the profound and beautiful result of their collaboration. The conversational zen of Nevins’ poems seems so effortless it almost masks his subtle mastery of craft. He speaks from stillness and invites us to join him. His words are graceful gestures that do not get in the way. Fergeson’s photographs are their perfect companions, at once both intimate and infinite, each a visual meditation. Haunting, evocative, they call us to something deep and familiar. Together, these words and images echo and amplify each other, creating a work that is greater even than the sum of its parts-a work that artfully anticipates our most basic questions of self and God, and relentlessly whispers the ancient answer: Go within. “It’s like Rumi with a Nikon.” – Dr. Ron Masa

April 28, 2015 at 10:22 pm .

[…] In the exhibition “A Hidden Wholeness: The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton,” Merton’s striving to communicate the glorious in the ordinary shines through each stark photograph.  Similarly, photographer Bob Fergeson pushes the bounds of what the still image can contain in his “Zen photography.”  Take the still majesty of this spiritual photography and pair it with words that slice the unbroken noise of our minds into the ever-arising “now,” and you get… Images of Essence. […]