Shannon Taggart is a spirit photographer who’s traveled the globe, from séances to voodoo rituals to channeling sessions, seeking to capture the ineffable on film. Here I ask Shannon about some of her experiences of the unknown, and offer a sampling of her photographs.
Every Santo Daime ritual, at least to a certain extent, is mediumistic in that the Daime is said to embody the consciousness of a vastly intelligent and compassionate divine Being, a Being that, for Santo Daime practitioners, is equated with the transformative Light and redemptive Love of the Christ.
Ever since his youth William Burroughs had been intrigued by magic and the occult, reading the Egyptian and Tibetan Books of the Dead and Eliphas Levi’s History of Magic while he was at Harvard. Evidently, with his return from the Old World to the New, he had not left such interests behind.
[RS Portfolio] • A gallery of never-before-published paintings by the renowned artist, with an essay about how he became a master painter of visions by Dennis McKenna.
Coping with the family of someone who
has killed themselves, or whose life has ended in an equally intense moment of
peak tragedy is itself a peak experience, and requires awareness and perspective so as not to
succumb to emotional vertigo.