Photographer and artist Deanna Forte created ‘Back to Dust,’ a series inspired after a verse in Genesis chapter three. The verse is written at the end of her three powerful photographs, “’Till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” This verse from the Biblical scriptures is widely known as being iconic to the fall of man after Adam and Eve sinned.
The images in the series feature a man slowly being covered or transformed into dust. At first the dirt seems to come down on him from above and at first he seems afraid, but in the second image his eye seems calm and accepting of the situation as more dirt covers him. In the final image he lies in the fetal position on a pile of dust as if metaphorically becoming one with it.
This series by Deanna Forte is so powerful and symbolic. She uses the simple yet striking imagery to evoke the message from Genesis chapter three.
Metaphoric Elemental Photography
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