earth meets spirit by Douglas Beasley
Douglas Beasley’s personal vision explores the spiritual aspects of people and place, and is concerned with how the sacred is recognized and articulated in everyday life. He hopes that his photographs act as prayer-like offerings, and are meant as a departure point for the viewer’s own visual or spiritual journey.
Photography is Beasley’s response to the world around him, as he attempts to represent his inner state through the physical reality of the outer world, therefore expressing a mystical connection to the earth.
Are ‘earth’ and ‘self’ similar or separate entities? For Douglas Beasley, the answer is both.
Past bodies of work have included Sacred Sites of the Lakota Indians in South Dakota, the Indigenous Mayans of Guatemala and shamanism in Peru. Beasley’s work has been exhibited internationally and is widely published in magazines such as The Sun, B&W, Nueva Luz, PDN, and PhotoVision. His first book: Japan: A Nisei’s First Encounter, published in 1999, offers insight into his journey to his mother’s homeland. His most recent project, funded by a McKnight Foundation Photography Fellowship in 2002, explores disappearing green space around the country.
As the founder and director of Vision Quest Photographic Arts Center, Beasley provides photographic workshops that emphasize personal expression and vision. He has owned his own photographic studio in Minneapolis since 1984, and currently shoots throughout the country for various fine art based commercial assignments.
Many of the images seen in earth meets spirit were created with Type 55 Polaroid film in a 4x5 view camera. The Polaroid negative is saved and washed, then drum scanned, and the final image is archival piezo printed on watercolor paper. The remaining prints are dual toned archival silver gelatin prints, created from 120mm negatives.
More information is available at Douglas Beasley’s website.