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Tower of Babel

Something lies within, but it is not readily apparent to the human eye. Something essential, like hubris. Something that lies at the center of things, like the instinct to defy authority at every turn. It is a poignant theme, one that everyone recognizes as eternal, but the question is: How does an artist represent that in visual terms?

This is one of Claudia Kunin’s constant pursuits. When she succeeds in that attempt, her photographs reveal something she describes as “spiritual reality.”

To create this photograph, Kunin traveled to Glastonbury, England, which by legend is the historical location of the island of Avalon, and is associated with the stories of the Holy Grail, as well as King Arthur. Kunin took extensive photographs of the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, and then rearranged them and stacked them in Photoshop until she came up with the incredible tower we see in the picture.

Unlike many photographers, Kunin believes that her mission is to journey into the mysterious, not just in the sense of things that are unknown, but also, in matters of the spirit and of the spirits.

The creative process remains mysterious to Kunin, as well. For example, she has spotted a man in the tower she swears she didn't put in. She maintains that sometimes he reveals himself to viewers.

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