- Editor: Paul M. Pearson
- Publisher : Paulist Press (November 23, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0809106256
- ISBN-13 : 978-0809106257
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 1.25 x 10.25 inches
Beholding Paradise: The Photographs of Thomas Merton
Beholding Paradise: The Photographs of Thomas Merton provides the reader with the only available overview of Thomas Merton’s photographs while also providing a highly accessible introduction to Merton as a photographer. For Merton, his photography, as his writing, became a way for him to explore and express his relationship with the world. As he discovered contemplative photography, and how to use a camera as a contemplative instrument, he produced images that had the same effect as much of prose and poetry writings in the last decade of his life. Media and advertisers use images manipulatively to sell a story or an object. By contrast, Merton’s images have nothing to sell, they cause us to pause, to stop, to see, to see what is right in front of us every day.
This volume allows the reader to explore, meditatively, the way that Thomas Merton came to see the world in the final decade of his life.
• There is no other collection of Merton’s photographs currently in print.
• The photographs are placed within the larger context of Merton’s life and thought so that the reader can understand the place of photography in Merton’s phenomenal literary output.
• In this beautifully produced volume Merton’s photographs are presented in such a way that the reader can take time out of their busy life and learn to see, once more, the world around them.
• Thomas Merton was one of the first, if not the very first, to use the phrase “Zen photography” and this book explores his vision of photography.
• The incorporation of short quotations from Merton’s spiritual writings enables the reader to pause and to enter into the silence demanded by these photographs.