October has traditionally been National Book Month and to celebrate I’m posting books for Creative, Artists & Worshipers
I posted about Abbey of the Arts and the work of Dr. Christine Valters Paintner early on in the year, and today I want to guide you to a specific resource.
Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice by Dr. Paintner is the first book of its kind—exploring photography as a contemplative spiritual practice from a Christian perspective. I first found this book when I was searching for a book for my daughter who loves to take photographs, and I consider this book a treasure to Christian photographers! The ideas and concepts are applicable for moving film and cinematography, as well.
I don’t necessarily consider myself a photographer but I do like to capture moments. And who doesn’t want to capture those moments in an eye-pleasing way?
Today’s feature is a short and simple article on compositional balance in photography. It was posted by PI Photography and Fine Art (PIPA): a site where you can find galleries of wonderful nature-inspired photographs. Head on over to find out how to improve your images with balance, and while you’re there check out the Portfolios and Galleries to “find the extraordinary in the ordinary.”
If you want to keep exploring, PIPA also posted another article recently called Photography Mistakes: Stop Screwing Up Your Shots with professional photographer Joshua Cripps. This one includes an entertaining video to help you stop making “stupid” mistakes! Great tips and some chuckles for free!! Enjoy!
There are some images that live in your memory forever. Consider this image:
Kim Phuc is the name of the young girl captured in this iconic photo from the Vietnam War. Today I want to refer you to a CNN article about her journey from this terrifying moment of excruciating pain to a beautiful place of healing and forgiveness. It’s a remarkable story. I encourage you to read the entire article and watch both videos. As you read consider if there’s a matter of unforgiveness in your life, and if there’s a way for you to move from pain to healing and restoration. Continue reading
Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone. ~ Mark 6:31-32
We visited Kendall Conner’s The Creative Pastor site awhile back. Just in case you didn’t spend time exploring the site, I wanted to direct you there again today to take advantage of a terrific list he compiled of free stock photo resources. If you use photos for your projects, take advantage of the free stock photos provided by the photographers who share their images graciously with the sites above! And thank you Kendall for compiling these resources for us!
Wilderness to Water by Tom Graffagnino is a book that travels through grief to grace by way of the author’s artwork, photographs, poetry, and writings.
According to reviewer Kevin Moss, the book is divided in two:
“The book is split essentially into two halves: ‘Wilderness’ is a monochrome exploration of life’s tough times, explored through sketches, poems and a very thoughtful connecting narrative. Tom’s own wilderness experiences clearly prompt and influence the text, but they are never pushed at the reader. The second half, ‘Water’, is based around colour photography but maintains the poetry and narrative structure, to focus on the ways in which God breaks into our lives, even at the lowest points, to refresh, strengthen and ultimately bring us new life. The two metaphors of wilderness and water are very apt as a description of human experience.”
The Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington DC makes this powerful statement:
Freedom is not free.
Take a moment, look at these images, and consider the cost.
What did your freedom cost the young man above?
What did your freedom cost the men, the women, the families represented by the more than 285,000 headstones at Arlington National Cemetery?
From the American Revolution to the current situation in the Middle East, have you considered the cost paid for your freedom?
Don’t ever forget!
And don’t forget the cost paid by Jesus Christ as he took your sin to the cross and was buried in the tomb. Continue reading
Let’s make today a TED Talk Tuesday!
Spurred on by the question, “Can art change the world?” street artist JR made a wish in 2011: “Join me in a worldwide photo project to show the world its true face!”
I became familiar with photographer Hal Moran via Facebook. His photos have a ethereal quality about them, and it’s obvious they come from a deep place within. According to his website, Hal says this about his journey into creativity, artistry and beauty:
My aim is to “make images that matter.” When I capture an image, I’m really capturing the metaphors and untold hidden stories in creation that are often missed by casual observation. Why does that matter to me?
I grew up with and still struggle with Tourette Syndrome, ADD, and dyslexia. That makes the visual world around me of great importance. Seeing is how I learn. And, it’s how I communicate.
Ever thought about taking a photography class but wasn’t sure where to find one in your area? CreativeLive offers online classes from some of the world’s experts in their respective genres and many are offered free of charge! Check out this one called: The Photography Starter Kit with John Greengo. The class offers 16 online video classes for $24.
Dese’Rae L. Stage is an artist on a mission—a mission to save lives through her innovative project called Live Through This. Often times as artists we forget that our work has power to heal and bring hope and life where there is darkness and death. This photographer is not only bringing healing, hope and life but also awareness to a problem that affects far more people than we could ever realize.
Love the work of cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg, using film to help people consider the world around them. According to the Moving Art website he is “the only filmmaker in the world who has been shooting time-lapse 24/7 continuously for well over three decade. Schwartzberg is a visual artist breaking barriers, connecting with audiences, and telling stories that celebrate life and reveal the mysteries and wisdom of nature, people and places.”
My friend Merri (great name, right?) sent me this captioned photo the other day. It got me giggling… smiling… and then thinking…
The ladies in the front row caught my eyes first—their skirts a-billowing and laughter erupting! They are caught by surprise by the rushing wind, giving them a joyful thrill. One lady has ahold of her hat and if you look closely, the other has hers tucked between her knees. And, oh my! There might be a girdle or two showing. But they are happy, oh so happy!