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These photographs were taken in a place that is no longer there. It existed for only a short period of time between September of 2011 and December of 2012, during the renovation of a church building in southwest Houston. This parish is very dear to me and has played an essential part of my ongoing spiritual growth. These images are attempts not only to document the material but to reveal the spiritual. Light is both matter and spirit, particle and wave. Likewise, a church building is not only bricks and mortar, it is an architectural structure meant to inspire (breathe life into) the worshipper. In a sense, a building is itself alive --- particularly a renovated church that has a past "life" (as the original structure), a "death" (at demolition), and a "resurrection" (after completion of new construction). These images show no finished statues or stained glass, no altar or tabernacle. Nevertheless they are impressions reflective of my own faith, one that senses the sacred in the temporary and the weak as well as in the permanent and the strong. For me, these are stories of life and death, of moving away and returning home, of tentative hope in the "what will be" as well as occasional doubt about the "what is." They are individual chapters in a greater book that is not limited by time and is Beyond Yesterday and Tomorrow.
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