Bear Kirkpatrick Explores The Sacred And Wild In Photography Series Hierophanies

In his series Hierophanies, Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based artist Bear Kirkpatrick photographs people naked in wild locations. Kirkpatrick travels hours to bring his subjects to remote wilderness and shoots as many images as possible in 15 minutes “quickly to prevent self-reflection or conscious posing” ultimately in an effort to bring out their “liminal states.”

Kirkpatrick adds of the series title: “Hierophanies was taken from the writings of Mircea Eliade; a hierophany was a word he coined to describe in primitive religious mythology a tear in the fabric of the profane world—the world of nature, life and death, rebirth, growth, time—through which it is possible to witness the sacred world—the timeless and eternal.” Read More >


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