Seeing God with the Camera’s Eye: Photography as a Spiritual Discipline

“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.” Michelangelo

I’m giving a workshop this next week at the Feast, an event for worship and renewal for the Covenant denominational family. I will explore how photography has helped me connect with God, and in turn become a tool in ministry. In particular, photography has helped me:

1. To find my way in difficult passages
2. Gain new perspective for life, and
3. Infuse my life with beauty and a wonder

Snapshot photography, like fast food and shallow prayers, does little to nourish, is weak in helping us savor God’s abundance, and is a poor aid in worship and growth. Good photography starts by pausing long enough to acknowledge God’s presence, His work in creation, and His purpose to reconcile all things to Himself through His son, Jesus Christ.

This seminar will explore the use of photography as a tool for spiritual transformation, worship, and engagement in God’s world with a Kingdom perspective. Some of the techniques of photography will be explained and utilized–light, shadow, perspective, framing, depth of field, composition and long exposure–as aids in envisioning and experiencing God’s work in your life and our world. Special attention will be given to noticing and infusing our lives with beauty and wonder for God’s creation, helping us to establish a solid foundation for growth, worship and participating in the work of God in the world.

I plan to blog through my workshop, adding pieces from my notes for my blog community. Stay tuned.

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