The Serenity of Knowing

For five years I documented a man as he copied the bible by hand. His name was Phillip Patterson and his life was his art. I photographed both after meeting him in 2009 in a doctor’s office where I worked and he was a patient. This meant spending entire days looking and shooting over his shoulder as he steadily copied each word onto large sheets of watercolor paper.

Soon after he finished the bookbinding on the eighth volume of the handwritten bible he passed away. The finished volumes were donated to St. Peter's Presbyterian Church for anyone to spend time with at any time, as the doors are never locked.

The photos I took made his personal project available to the public. Our work together is documented on The Serenity of Knowing website.

Project by

Laura Glazer, Phillip Patterson


Albany, New York
Philmont, New York