Hierophanies by Bearkirk Patrick
Hierophanies by Bearkirk Patrick

Hierophanies by Bearkirk Patrick

Born in 1965, Columbus USA, Patrick brings us his series based on Mircea Eliade’s evocation of the Hierophany (translating to Manifestation of the Sacred in Greek).

He recounts his experience of going deaf as a child, and how this has influenced his vision ever since:

“As a very young boy I went deaf, and as a result my body compensated for the loss by secretly learning to read lips and thus mask this handicap from my parents for almost a year. The flaw gave me power to witness, and with sight as my primary way to read the world I began to see the hidden people that lived inside my mother and my father, the strange flashes of other beings that arose as something fugitive, something dangerous and not-them, and then were gone.”

Reminiscent of Renaissance paintings, his figures are shown climbing trees, encountering wildlife in tall grasses and bathing in ponds. He describes his Hierophany Series further as

“an attempt to bring liminal states out of people by placing them naked in wild locations, running them quickly through several narratives to prevent self-reflection or conscious posing, and shooting as many images as possible in a 20 minute span before the light became too dark see.”

Patrick has been featured in various group exhibitions and published in magazines such as Eyemazing, Ruby and Opera. He now lives and works in Portsmouth, NH, USA.


All images © Bearkirk Patrick