A friend at the office asked for a print of photograph below, something to give it to a friend as a Christmas gift. I was honored, and I told her that I thought of it as my favorite photograph of the year. And yet at the same time I could not explain to myself why I thought of it as such.
Well of course it should be your favorite, she said. Why not? Look at the shapes, look at the detail. If you believe in God, you can find God there. And if you don't believe in God, but instead in the forces of nature and the theory of evolution, you can find that there too. Everybody can find something in that photograph.
I'm a literal person and tend to resist thinking of photographs, mine or anybody else's, in those terms. But I appreciated her comments, and find myself thinking about them now and then. And if my friend found something there in the photograph, then I am glad for that.