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Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Very First Photo Negative?

Being a photographer it has come back to my remembrance a seminar I took in at Trinity Western University a few years ago. It was on the Shroud of Turin. Quite by chance a couple days ago, at Starbucks, I bumped into the professor, Dr. Phillip Wiebe, who teaches this at Trinity Western. I asked if I might photograph the copy of the shroud he has and graciously  he said yes. I went to his office and took in the lifesize replicas of the shroud. The front and the back. Goosebumps. Astonishing. And fascinating thinking that it may be the oldest and first negative ever in all of history.

I include here the simple shots I took of it. Not intended as art but as representing  fascinating photo negatives that challenges the viewer to really think through what they are seeing. There are so many scourging and cutting marks on the back and legs, actual blood drippings on the head, the arms, the hands and feet. Standing in front of them left me in awe.

For those who would like to read extensively about this ( I am not an expert) there are links online, books, and of course Dr. Phillip Wiebe, Professor of Philosophy at Trinity Western University.


Book:  The Blood and the Shroud: New Evidence That the World's Most Sacred Relic Is Real
by Ian Wilson

Phillip H. Wiebe, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
SNC Center
Trinity Western University
7600 Glover Road
Langley, BC V2Y 1Y1
604-888-7511 Ext. 3334

The wheels are turning regarding ideas and images springing from this. Some images I've been thinking about creating are spiritual, or have spiritual longings of deep calling to deep. Some nebulous, mysterious, ethereal feelings and thoughts until they settle into something concrete. Thinking out loud ...


  1. Thank you. Nice posting. I've quoted you a bit at http://shroudofturin.wordpress.com/

    Dan Porter

  2. Thank you. I just went to your blog and think I could get lost there for hours. Not today, unfortunately. But I will go there when I can soon. Great read.

  3. Breaking News ... The Turin Shroud could not have been faked, say scientists

    Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/technology/Turin+Shroud+could+have+been+faked+scientists/5883796/story.html#ixzz1hkiAuFNU

  4. I have to add this! Fascinating addition to the shroud of turin blog... Akiane is a gifted child art prodigy and Colton is a child who got visions of heaven and his story is told in 'Heaven is For Real".

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