Father Heppel is a traditional Catholic priest from Germany. I Had the opportunity to make this photograph of him with two of his farm animals.
Remains of an old Catholic church in Tontitown, Arkansas. Tontitown was settled by Italian settlers in 1898. The church is historically significant especially because it was constructed by the parishioners. Some of the parishioners still have in their possession the original molds used to fashion the hand made blocks. For years the decision to destroy or restore the landmark was steeped in debate as the building continued to deteriorate. In December of 2017 the church was destroyed except for the bell tower.
On a warm sunny afternoon in March I came upon these ladies at Lake Fayetteville who graciously allowed me to make their portrait. How refreshing it is to be surprised by modesty when you least expect it.
An overcast Saturday morning in October found a group of people on a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of The Ozarks near Winslow, Arkansas. Next to the Catholic Church and Shrine is a gift shop not associated with the church or Shrine. In a field next to the gift shop stood another group of people - a little sign indicated that this group of inanimates was an art exhibit called “The Silent People”. I found the juxtaposition of the exhibit with the pilgrimage surreal and a little unsettling.
For several years my wife and I visited a near by monastery. After Mass we would sometimes picnic at the suspended bridge. I have made numerous photographs at the bridge. On this particular morning I was about to make an exposure when I looked up to see a monk stopped at the apex of the bridge. We both paused momentarily and then he swiftly glided by. I raised my camera and made one exposure. There was no time to ask permission. If they should ever see this photograph I will find out if it was permissible. It has been said that it is sometimes easier to get forgiveness than permission.