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Andy Smith Photography Store
Fine Art Prints on Paper and Canvas
Andy Smith Photography Store
Fine Art Prints on Paper and Canvas
Niagara Falls, USA side, with log hanging on the precipice
Looking across the rush and power of falling water on the the US side of Niagara Falls, I noticed this lone log hanging on before higher water pushed it over.
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Here is the entire mediation based on this image, originally created for Lenten Meditation at Central Baptist Church, Wayne, PA
On the Precipice - A Meditation for our Time
Many today feel like this log sitting on the precipice of Niagara Falls, ready to go over the edge at any time. The powers around us are acting in ways that seem beyond our reach to affect, ways that are strong enough to destroy our very being, to take away familiar patterns of existence and send us to an unknown place. Yet like this log we can find a place in the midst of the turmoil surrounding us to stand our ground, to hang on and remain. When we go inside to the essence of our being, we find relationship to a much larger picture, to the source of our being whether we call that the God within, the power of the universe, or simply the connection we have with each other and with everything we know.
The powerful force in this image is water, water tumbling over a cliff, water that produces a different power when channeled through turbines, electricity that is essential to the society we have created. Yet that water is no different than the water of a gentle mist on a foggy morning or the water in a hurricane or the water that composes over two thirds of our physical bodies. All water, which is essential for life, is made of two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. That hydrogen, the most plentiful element in the universe, was made at the beginning of the universe. The oxygen was made in the stars. To put that in context, we are part of the universe and cannot escape that. We are relatives of everything in the universe and carry within us the natural intelligence of that relationship. As we come to know ourselves fully, to look beneath the patterns of society that appear to determine our lives and often look frightening, we gain strength to look at a larger picture.
We are connected with all that is around us. As we recognize this fact, we can no longer see anyone or anything as the enemy to be defeated. Whether another person from a different culture or a force of nature like a destructive storm, we are related. Reconnection is the most effective antidote to the hyper-individualism of our culture. Recognition of our inherent relationship is a powerful force, a sacred action, whether it produces a sense of awe and wonder, loving care for another suffering human or a faith and hope that all is well and therefore will be well. Denial of this inherent relationship leads to fear, despair and continued destruction. Like the log on the precipice, we are in our essence grounded and have the power to resist and alter the forces around us that seek to destroy by keeping us separate.
Niagara Falls various views
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All paper and canvas Images are printed using an Epson Stylus Pro 9900 printer with archival pigment ink estimated to have a fade-resistant life of 70-100 years. In addition canvas prints on Epson Exhibition Canvas are coated with two layers of an anti-fading satin finish UV glaze. Paper prints are produced on Canson Infinty Baryta Photographique with a satin finish. It is acid-free museum grade paper created without optical brightening agents.
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