Thursday, February 28, 2008

Bible Road

No Country for Old Men may have gotten the Oscar, but chances are most Americans, as they cross the great landscape of this country, don't encounter drug deals gone awry and murdered corpses. More likely they've seen something like the pictures laid out in Bible Road, a book with that quality so rare: reverence. I can think of no better role model for this blog enterprise than the keen and lovingly taken photographs of Sam Fentress. Most of the shots are of emissaries (in sign form) of our North American churches, but there are some great church shots in the book as well.

Not sure I'm fully on board with Jacob's ironic review. There is a simple, pungent beauty to these signs, in the most full-orbed sense of such an abused word as beauty. Can I articulate it? Probably not, which is fine. That's what the photographs are for.

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