been taking photographs since I was 10 years old and over the past 30
years I have learned how important it is to see with your heart rather
than just with your eyes. On
my spiritual journey I have become reliant on my camera to capture my
spiritual experiences. This
voyage of photographic exploration has been challenging and rewarding.
Spiritual Photography is achieved by applying God’s word to your vision so that you can embrace life, and the meaning of life for the fullest spiritual growth. This form of photography requires that you make many decisions. Each person will peak in his or her own spiritual journey. Each person will create his or her own image. These images spawned by one photographer are not better or worse than those made by another photographer. The goal is to make a spiritual connection.
One of the ways to challenge ourselves on this unique spiritual journey is to assign ourselves imaginative ways to photograph meaningful Scripture to us from the Bible.
the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory; no
good thing will be withhold from them that walk uprightly. ~Psalm
|Using a Nikon N60 with a 28-105mm zoom lens and Kodax Max film this photograph was taken at sunrise on a balcony on the beach. Sitting quietly I aimed my mental camera first at the beautiful sunrise. I find sitting in one place for sometime allows me to open up to my creativity, and I begin to feel a spiritual connection to my surroundings. Taking a Zen approach to this process teaches one to illustrate the thing they are observing. Realizing that training your eye and making the connection with your spiritual self is a slow process that has to be developed.|
|Photography makes you more
attentive and impressionable to what is going on around you. The
uncomplicated act of taking pictures forces you to look more closely at
the world around you. Because
most people are blinded by familiarity, you will begin to see things
that other people miss in this spiritual approach and this will lead to
a greater appreciation of your surroundings. But
most important of all, photography is a fascinating way to connect
with a higher power that will allow you to tap into your spiritual self.
Most of us enjoy and use the
versatile 35mm single lens reflex (SLR) with multiple lenses. With
the advent of highly sophisticated through-the-lens metering systems,
exposure has become easy. The
concerns of reaching beyond the realms of the image requires skills that
can be developed through this spiritual process but with the amazing
advances in camera, lens and film production photography is easier and
more accessible than ever, just point and shoot.
|Turn your hobby or profession into an experience. Spiritual Photography can help you on your own unique spiritual journey. First and foremost it will allow you to document your spiritual experiences in your life. The world is changing ever so fast but in your pictures everything remains the same. You will see that miracles are still happening according to God’s word.|
Dianne Curtain, author of “Visions of the Bible: A Spiritual Journey” is an award-winning photojournalist, an experience educator and children’s librarian. For more information on Dianne’s Book, Seminars and Motivational Speaking visit her web site: www.curtaincall.7p.com