Behold All Things New

visual art in response to issues of concern

Raymel Johnson

Photography, Lydia Bailey

Black and white photography, 10" x 15", February 2002

Raymel has this core of freshness and composure, even in the midst of being homeless. How does he keep this week after week? "I consider myself a veteran of the shelters," he once told me. This photograph caught something of the quality I find in Raymel Johnson. I relate it to Thomas Merton's phrase, 'a meek namelessness, a hidden wholeness.' Moreover, when I'm around Raymel, I have the inkling that he is there to comfort and strengthen me - not the other way around, as could be assumed.

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