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Colorful hand-painted globe

© Lauren Hermann

The painter/painting metaphor for the Creator & His creation inspired this image.

“All that is in heaven and all that is in the earth have come to exist at His bidding, and by His Will all have stepped out of utter nothingness into the realm of being.”

Baha’u’llah, Gleanings.

“There arose the houri, Who had dwelt in pre-eternity in the pavilions of holiness… She looked with one glance toward the sky. The people of the heavens swooned at the rays of Her visage… She looked with another glance toward the earth, and it was illumined by the lights of Her beauty and the loveliness of Her splendor.”

Baha’u’llah, Tablet of the Maiden.

Painting by Lauren Murphy

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. golriz

    22 March, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    i love this wide angled shot. the colors are so vibrant!

  2. sarah hosney

    29 March, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    nice :)