Some of these places/moments/states of mind have been in the Adirondacks with the incredible beauty of nature in front of me, standing in Saint Peter's square at night with very few people around, and lying in bed in deep meditation.
These moments seem very much a paradox. They feel very personal in nature, but inclusive of something much bigger than myself. I also realize that I'm far from understanding them.
Usually I cannot predict when they will occur, but Christmas Eve seems to be one of those moments that's most consistent. Tonight I carried my camera with me to the Christmas Eve service. There is a moment at the end of our service that everybody moves to the outside walls of the sanctuary with candles. The lights are turned down, so the room is only lit with candles. We sing "Silent Night". I had planned to take photos at that moment because it is the most beautiful to me. This is the sacred moment that is most consistent. Once again I felt the moment, and could not bring myself to take one photo. I was once again caught in the moment.
Instead, I brought the bulletin and candle home and photographed this photo. I like how the photo turned out, and think it will remind me of the moment.
I'd be interested in hearing about moments like this for you. I also realize that they are very personal, and you may not want to share. But if you feel moved, please do.
My wish is that all can experience these moments, and I hope everybody does.
Whatever your beliefs, and wherever you are in your journey, may you find moments to feel the sacred. Have a joyous Holiday Season.
- There are moments when photography is inappropriate for me.