Photography; A New Lens on God - part1 - John Van Sloten

January 25, 2009

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryWhat does a photographer’s eye teach us about seeing God more? Can a greater understanding of the nature of the camera’s lens help un-shutter and focus our vision?

“Seeing, in the finest and broadest sense, means using your senses, your intellect and your emotions. It means encountering your subject matter with your whole being. It means looking beyond the label of things and discovering the remarkable world around you.”
Canadian Photographer Freeman Patterson, Page 7, Photography and the Art of Seeing

“My whole being will exclaim, "Who is like you, O LORD?”
Psalm 35:20, NIV

“Letting go of self is an essential precondition to real seeing. When you let go of yourself, you abandon any preconceptions about the subject matter that might cramp you into photographing in a certain, predetermined way. As long as you are worried about whether or not you will be able to make good pictures, or are concerned about enjoying yourself, you are unlikely either to make the best photographs you can or to experience the joy of photography to the fullest.”
Freeman Patterson, Page 9, Photography and the Art of Seeing

“Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.”
Psalm 86:11, NIV

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May 22, 2011
I dig this video! If there is no God I wonder why atheists get so angry? If someone told me the tooth fairy and santa were getting married I would just laugh at them - I don't need to get angry as I KNOW both do not exist.
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January 27, 2009
I visited your church for the first time this Sunday, and was very blessed by your service and the message about photography. I am a professional photographer (working mostly with portraits), and I was touched by your thoughts about exploring my subject - and my God - more deeply.

I often find that the longer I spend with a person, the more intimate a portrait we can create. And I say "we" because a portrait is not created only by the photographer, but by the interaction between photographer and subject.

Thank you Pastor John for your insights, and thanks to God for blessing you with them. I will be thinking about exploring my relationship to God as I spend time with my photography this week.
Michael Leenheer

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