Behold All Things New

visual art in response to issues of concern

Untitled (graffiti)

Photography, Lydia Bailey

Color Photography, 16" x 20", July 2004

My photographs look for an incarnate element of God in the world around us. There is in all things an invisible fecundity, a dimmed light, a meek namelessness, a 'hidden wholeness', as Thomas Merton put it.

Often I focus on elements in our contemporary society. Do these elements suggest the incarnate, paying homage to it? Is it an uneasy juxtaposition, or all of one fabric?

My direct work with homeless individuals at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral has been a source of incarnation strength for me in the past 5 years.

I also have organized photography workshops through Trinity Cathedral for the past 4 years. These have led participants to various sites throughout Cleveland  industrial and natural settings. We have met for group critiques, and have had guest photographers join us.

I was photographing in 'The Flats', an industrial section of Cleveland on the Cuyahoga River. I was outside a recycling plant. All around me was abandoned junk. On the side of a train car I saw this graffiti. The image of the heart conjures questions for me. Who did this, and who's your Mama? How will it be for you in matters of tenderness, care, and devotion? Is God breaking through in your midst?

Lydia Bailey   

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