Friday, July 7, 2006

Hints of the holy

Photographer finds 'God in Ordinary Places'

Express Staff Writer

Photograph by Kevin Johnson

With a little attention, it's easy to see there's more going on than a cursory glance might suggest. This self-evident truth is displayed to perfection in the new works of Ketchum photographer Kevin Johnson.

A parishioner of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Ketchum, Johnson photographed nearly 600 cross or cruciform shapes occurring in the world around him. At the time he created the photos, he faced a series of personal challenges that included recovering from major surgery while simultaneously dealing with the joys and pressures of new fatherhood.

While recuperating, he took slow, tentative strolls with his infant daughter and began noticing cruciform shapes. They seemed to be everywhere, in weathered fence posts tangled with barbed wire, in appliance knobs, in the junction of drawers in a dresser, in windows, in woven baskets, in patterns created by light and shadow. The images he captured helped him find his spirituality, reaffirmed by seeing ordinary things with extraordinary eyes and bringing him a sense of renewed hope.

"The power of Kevin's photographs lies not only in their technical mastery but in the message of love and salvation and grace so strongly conveyed," said Susan Springer, administrator at St. Thomas. "One need not know anything of the story behind the images (although it enriches the viewing experience) to be deeply moved by the photographs."

His photographs are on display at St. Thomas during gallery walk today, July 7. Everyone is invited to enjoy the show, refreshments and music.

'God in Ordinary Places'

Photographs by Kevin Johnson
St. Thomas Church
Friday, July 7, 6-9 p.m.
201 Sun Valley Rd., Ketchum

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