Beauty: Chicago, USA

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© Lauren Herrmann

“I know not, O my God, what the Fire is which Thou didst kindle in Thy land… Whoso hath hasted towards it and attained unto it hath, in his eagerness to gaze on Thy beauty, yielded his life in Thy path, and ascended unto Thee, wholly detached from aught else except Thyself. I beseech Thee, O my God, by this Fire which blazeth and rageth in the world of creation, to rend asunder the veils that have hindered me from appearing before the throne of Thy majesty…”

Baha’u’llah, from Compilation on Detachment

Until a being setteth his foot in the plane of sacrifice, he is bereft of every favour and grace; and this plane of sacrifice is the realm of dying to the self, that the radiance of the living God may then shine forth.”

Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, pg 76

Lauren does a lot of things. One of them is taking pictures. Another is baking scones. Yet another is spinning large spheres of fire at the ends of two chains. The only one of these she went to school for, however, was photography. She is currently the Visual Director at Lethal Poetry, an Art Editor for Muzzle Magazine, and most recently, a photographer for Loud Loop Press. Find more of her work on Flickr .


  1. Maeve

    1 May, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    This is an amazing shot and matches so well with the Writings selected!

  2. lacey

    2 May, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Great action and composition! I agree that it also goes really well with the selected Writings.

  3. Barb McAtee

    10 May, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Beautiful, dynamic photograph, Lauren. It presents a unique vantage!

  4. Sherry Ashberger

    11 May, 2011 at 1:59 am

    Looks like a ONE in a MILLION shot!! Such beauty, shared from the bounties you’ve already been given, is SOOOOOOOO inspiring to others.. bringing even more bounties upon YOU! Keep up the WONDERFUL work!!

  5. Ata

    16 May, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I love this shot!