Monday, September 19, 2011
A Devotionary Niche
I have lived most of my life in the Southwest and I am acutely aware of the cultural and religious differences of the people all around me. Even if I do not share the specific fundamental religious beliefs of the people who constructed this niche, I certainly understand the devotion and motivation that created the the architectural embellishment. Part of my understanding of their motivation comes from speaking Spanish since I was a teenager. I first learned Spanish in Argentina and then later in Panama and since I graduated from the university with a degree in Spanish, I have background in Spanish literature. In this photo, there is a contrast between the aging relic and the cholla cactus. Both survive in a harsh desert environment and both have endured because of their inherently persistent natures.