Sacred Spaces: Tiara Ross

In “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek,” Annie Dillard writes, “Self-consciousness, however, does hinder the experience of the present. It is the one instrument that unplugs all the rest.” 

She goes on to write that it is our very self-consciousness that separates us from each other, from God, from our self. It keeps us from living in the present moment and living unfiltered experience.

These photos are an homage to the spaces where our souls feel free, the places where we can still ourselves and simply be. They are places where we can put down our hard work and feel at one with ourselves in each moment. Places where deeply meaningful things have happened in our lives and where deeply meaningful people have come into our lives. They are spaces absent of self-consciousness. They are meaningful. They are sacred.

Here, five women from Southeast Missouri share their places of sacredness. Let’s allow beauty to help us realize the sacredness of the spaces we inhabit, and the sacredness of our very selves.


Tiara Ross

Southeast Missouri State University

When I transferred to SEMO, I was terrified. I knew absolutely no one or even where my classes were. I moved on campus at the beginning of the spring semester. I’ll never forget, I was horrified with the thought of sharing a bathroom; being an only child, I loved my space! However, I made some of the best lifelong friendships throughout my journey at SEMO.

Clothes: Cobblestone Corner in Jackson


Photos by Mia Pohlman