Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

Ben Huberman writes:

As a kid, I loved standing between two mirrors: moving my arms, it felt like playing in an endless corridor of synchronized motion.

We continue to encounter these moments of wonder as adults, too, when the infinite catches us by surprise. We stumble upon it in things both big and small: on the beach, staring into the horizon; in the depth of a loved one’s eyes; or even drowning in the emptiness of a Berlin subway car.


Infinity can produce contrasting effects on (and in) us: it might make us feel dwarfed or amplified, afraid or empowered. It might take the form of a wide panorama or a zoomed-in fraction of an object. A starry sky? A sea of commuters on a train platform? Rows of corn in a field? No pun intended, but the possibilities really are endless.

I agree with Ben that the possibilities are endless, a sense of infinity may be encountered in relation to the Holy One of heaven and earth; other human beings; the physical universe; a work of art, music or literature; and more. This week I’ve posted two photos from a trip to Germany back in 2007. Be sure to check out the other entries here.

Front of Cathedral of St George & St Nicholas, Limberg, Germany

Front of Cathedral of St George & St Nicholas, Limberg, Germany

This cathedral dates back to the 8th or 9th century. It underwent a major restoration process from 1965 to 1990.

Arches in one of the transepts

Arches in one of the transepts

The arches have decorative floral and leaf motifs on them and the vaulted ceilings in this transept and throughout the cathedral create an atmosphere of the infinite. This cathedral’s architectural history is quite interesting, reflecting several influences, including: Romanesque, Romantic, Baroque and Gothic. The light shining through the window into the cathedral and even a bit onto the left side of the person reminds me of the Holy One, who is the Light of the world, and fills the entire universe with light that brings with it the capacity to encounter beauty, love, joy, healing, and life in its fullness-in short, the infinite.  When I think of the word infinite, my mind also goes to those famous, inspirational words of British poet and artist, William Blake:

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand 
And Eternity in an hour.