Camel of the Day 20-11-2019
"Sinai. Wilderness of Sin. Exodus 16:1"
I shit you not folks. That’s actually the title that they’ve given this photograph. Clearly the American evangelicals of the 1970s were of a rather more, shall we say, “evangelical” mindset than the matter of fact missionaries who labelled the earlier generation of the Maston collection shots.
What on earth were they thinking?
Well, they were probably in Sinai, and thought it looked like a wasteland. And thought “there’s a biblical verse about that”. Here it is:
16:1 The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt. 2 In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”
Funny thing is, this Desert of Sin actually looks pretty good, with a red sky, some friends and a bunch of camels. I don’t think they’ve run out of food, or they’re getting chased by somebody from Elim or whatever. They’re living in the distant past and thinking it means that they have to think of something holy in a book, rather than just being content with the thing being what it is in the present day. If everything you see has to relate to a prearranged belief system, then you are not really present, even in a photograph of a sunset that you are taking.
I’m gonna leave it there. Enjoy the Desert of Sin.