This series of photographs, by a 20th Century master, of a 20th Century seeker, are especially remarkable, because they combine the formalism and relevance of great art with the intimacy, the playfulness, the casual snapshotty sense of lost time, that arises between dear friends…
Meatyard offers countless ways to see the world… by focusing on the world at hand in a manner that is quiet, meditative and constant.
We cannot look at these photographs without seeing something else: the countdown from January 1967 to Merton’s final departure from Kentucky in Spetember 1968, and his death in Bangkok three months later.
What else was going on during the period of these photographs?
In Merton’s own life it was a time of upheaval and uncertainty, …as reflected in the journal entries that serve as captions to these photographs.