tsatsas(& the art of improvised pilgrimage)          
 
sewanee, tn, october-november, 2011
 

November 3rd, 2011: Fifth day of A Sewanee Pilgrimage

Here are three tsatsa photographs from Helen Stapleton (yoga teacher extraordinaire, angel of language learning, and wife of Archie Stapleton, without whom these tsatsas would be made of boring store-bought stuff instead of genuine Sewanee clay).

The first is of the distinguished stone gentleman in Breslin Tower, whom Helen and her friends in student days dubbed Sir Laffalot. Now, Sir Laffalot is a personal pilgrimage destination for Helen and her family, who go see him to make wishes at the ends of their walks. As in, "Sir Laffalot, could you please make the fog stop sometime soon? Thanks."

 

   
                     
                   
photograph by Helen Stapleton
       
The next two appear to be on the ramparts of Walsh-Ellett Hall, but I could be wrong. Helen?
     
     
     
   
photograph by Helen Stapleton
         
photograph by Helen Stapleton
                             

Peoples' approaches to this project differ. Some participants have gone in for a big initial placement spree (like Robley Hood, whose wonderful photos and stories are here and here), while others seem to be taking each tsatsa placement as the occasion for its own discrete pilgrimage event. Stephen Alvarez is I think taking a series of one-tsatsa meditative walks.

Here are his two photographs from behind the pocket park in downtown Sewanee, on the site where Stephen and his wife April were married. Hoorah for seemingly unspectacular ground made sacred through love [and good photography].

 

   
                 
photograph by Stephen Alvarez
 
                             
             
             
photograph by Stephen Alvarez
   
                             
       
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