Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Ashes, Concrete, Dust

Last year, as I left work to go to Ash Wednesday service, I stopped to enjoy the sunset, which seemed a fitting beginning to Ash Wednesday service:

But then I noticed the crane being framed by the window of the parking garage and backlit by the sunset. 

Later, I captured this shot, which shows the glittering towers of Ft. Lauderdale in the background, a parking garage in the foreground:

I tend to think of Ash Wednesday metaphors in terms of what is decomposing:  stars, bodies, all sorts of biological matter.  But decomposing takes many forms.  The ever encroaching march of concrete strikes me as an apt metaphor for Ash Wednesday too:

The concrete covers what we once knew as a familiar landscape.  The cranes hoist new forms into place.  It's a graveyard, of sorts.  We will all be in that graveyard soon enough.

That's why we smear ashes on our foreheads.  Let us remember our mortality and let us not waste a single day.

1 comment:

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Amazing! all the pictures are incredible but i love the last one just a little too much! the ashes on you forehead is a great idea. so passionate and lively. i would share this with my friends.