For a special look at contemplative photography, everyone is invited to the Parish Hall at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church on Saturday, August 29, from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. Local photographer J. Patrick Mahon will host a guided gallery walk to share fourteen of his works.
Mahon's photographs reflect the natural beauty of the North Georgia mountains and Florida. After working for 23 years as a high school principal, he took up photography in his retirement years and made it his passion. Spending winters in Florida, he photographs birds, sunsets, and sunrises. In the North Georgia mountains, he focuses on waterfalls and other landscapes.
What makes the pieces unique is the influence of spirituality and contemplation. Mahon is a student of 20th century monk Thomas Merton. As a result of what he has learned from Merton, his photographs cultivate a sense of peace within the viewer. He will even instruct viewers in a prayer practice that will enable them to move more deeply into the pictures.
Before the show at Good Shepherd, Mahon has exhibited at the Wild Goose Festival 2015, at the Great Outdoors in Florida, and at Mountain Art Association in Brasstown Valley Resort.
Residents and guests in the area are invited to come and see the exhibit. Good Shepherd is located at 495 Herbert Hills Drive, just off Hwy. 64 E about a mile from Walgreens. The website offers more information about church programs: www.goodshepherdhayesville.org.