Tioga Lake, Yosemite, 1989

This quiet image on page 11 of Visual Prayers can be easily glossed over since it’s not immediately obvious what it is. Once you realize that because of the title, it must be water and for water to look like that, it must be ice, then it sets your mind up to look a bit deeper to figure out what the photographer might be seeing. One interpretation could be that rather than ice and water, we’re seeing floating bergs of light on top of the deep, black abyss of eternity, and that idea could send you off in many other directions. One should always approach this type of black and white abstraction as poetry and try to find your own personal meaning.

Listen to Richard describe the events that lead to this image.

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