Unexpected faces

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In our Faces of Jesus section, we look at how artists have pictured Jesus down the centuries. Here, we're looking at patterns and shapes in nature which look like a man with a beard, or a man wearing robes, and which resemble traditional images of Jesus. Click any of the images below to explore.

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 Plant roots
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 Tree trunk
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 Cloud cross
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 Star cluster
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 Fence shadow
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 Snowy roadside
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 Wood grain
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 Cloud pattern
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 Stained cloth

Some people think these images are heaven-sent. “Photo proves that Jesus exists!” says one website, above an unconvincing picture of clouds. At the other end of the spectrum are people who think they’re completely random and meaningless. Others see many of them as hoaxes or the stuff of urban legend.

  • What do you think?
  • Why do you think people notice them and take comfort from them?
  • Do you find these images of Jesus helpful or not?
  • If God wanted to show himself to you, what would he need to do?

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Have you ever unexpectedly seen a picture in the shapes made by clouds, or a face in a pattern of dots? Some people have been taken by surprise by glimpsing the face of Jesus in wood grain, or a snowy field, or shadows.

In these pages we’re looking at some of these strange pictures and the stories behind them. Click and explore among the images on the left. If you know any other pictures or stories, email to let us know via the contact page.

Compiled and written by Simon Jenkins.

Categories: Creativity, Art & image,

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arrow Jesus in snow patterns

arrow Jesus in woodgrain

arrow Jesus in the clouds

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