Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Monk’s Interests Captured on Camera

By Eve M. Kahn
Thomas Merton is the subject of a centennial exhibition coming to Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library next month. Credit Estate of John Howard Griffin
KENTUCKY---A forgotten camera said to have been used by the Trappist monk and writer Thomas Merton will appear in public for the first time on Feb. 2 in a Merton centennial exhibition at Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Merton, who died in 1968, at 53, had taken vows at a Kentucky monastery that decreed he could own few possessions. With borrowed camera equipment, he took about 1,800 photos, creating meditative abstract compositions out of rocks, leaves, wagon wheels and barn siding. [link]

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Ernest Disney-Britton said...

WIKI: Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani is a monastery near Bardstown, Kentucky, in Nelson County, a part of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (Ordo Cisterciensis Strictioris Observantiae), better known as the Trappists. Founded on 21 December 1848 and raised to an abbey in 1851, Gethsemani is considered to the motherhouse of all Trappist and Trappistine monasteries in the United States of America. Gethsemani is the oldest monastery in the United States that is still operating.