I'm Elizabeth Harper. Please don't be concerned, that's not me above, that's St. Vittoria in Rome. I live in Los Angeles. This a blog of my photos and writing and it's guided by three principles:

  • I believe Catholic churches are memory theaters where nature, science, arts, humanity, math, politics, and the divine mingle in miniature. There's a wealth of knowledge locked inside sacred objects, though it's often hidden in plain sight.
  • I've found that the Catholic comfort with death and death imagery is life-affirming. It offers believers and skeptics alike an important cultural reference that opposes modern death denial.
  • I love to learn about the past. I love it more when the past teaches me about the present. 

Thanks to this blog I've corresponded with academics, priests, and dudes in metal bands. I’m always happy to answer questions or talk about what I’m working on. Drop me an email at elizabeth@eharperdesign.com any time, particularly if you’re interested in doing an interview, having me give a talk, or if you’d like to republish my photos. 

If you still want more...
I tweet @CadaverFormosus.
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