About the Project

In the summer of 2009, I attended an outdoor worship service in Westport, Connecticut in which John Danner spoke of a retreat he’d just taken to Iona, a remote island  in Scotland that has long been regarded as one of the world’s Thin Places.

According to Celtic tradition, Earth and Heaven, the physical and the spiritual worlds, are never very far apart.  In the world’s Thin Places, they are even closer. As John Danner described his experience of Iona, sometimes that distance can be tissue thin.

The idea of Thin Places became increasingly resonant for me over the last several years as I noticed how often a special location, a place of solitude, a place of transcendence, a Thin Place, would figure in the stories of friends and acquaintances, especially when they faced challenges or crises or simply needed escape.

I began to think that we might all have our own Thin Places, and that if the “thinness” of those places could somehow be shared, that might serve as a bridge between us, a way to get at our connectedness to each other, to our world and to something beyond.

I began to think that we might all have our own Thin Places, and that if the “thinness” of those places could somehow be shared, that might serve as a bridge between us, a way to get at our connectedness to each other, to our world and to something beyond.

I came to realize that my Thin Place was behind my camera, and if I were to approach those places in this world that provided for others some experience for which words would be inadequate, it would be through a lens.

This is the Thin Places Project - an ongoing attempt to capture the transcendent places in the lives of women and men I know or have come to know. The words are theirs. The places are thin, at least for them. They are shared here for all.