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Sky Deity

July 12, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
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Sky Deity is based on the concept of nature creating and providing humans with metaphoric images of a deity – in this case a transcendent deity that shows itself in the sky.  I'm imagining how a pagan, polytheistic human mind, meditating on this scene, could experience it as religiously significant and transcendent.

Sky Deity 1Sky Deity 1 This project started as a documentary assignment.  The City of Escondido assigned me to capture images of Grape Day Park and its adjacent institutions including City Hall.  This image is one of the images they selected for their purposes.
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To appreciate the scene as transcendent, I try to assume the mindset of an ancient pagan tuned into the mysticism of the natural creation.  I image the cloud's structure as a deity and the trees as worshiping the deity.

The symbolic clues that led me to using this scene as a pagan mysticism image include the serendipitous structure of the clouds in the center and the trees leaning in towards that structure. 

It's as if the trees are recognizing the cloud formation as theistically significant.  It's as if all of creation is aware of itself in a self-celebrating, self-worshiping way.

This blog post discusses images from the gallery located here.


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