Photography

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Sometimes people use cameras in a way that is a distraction ...

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... from what needs paying attention to in this world. Others can pick up the same camera and provide opportunities for seeing truth in a whole new light. Sometimes, snapshots seem only to glance at the most trivial of human experience, while other photographs take the viewer deep into the spiritual human condition. One example of this is VISIO DIVINA.


The practice of photography can, indeed, become a profound spiritual practice, so that it helps the photographer and viewer become more mindful of their relationship with God, and with other human and more-than-human companions in creation. It is a way to visually celebrate or grieve what is, as well as find inspiration and motivation for what can be, ... as Spirit would have it; prayers without words. See below for ways I have found spiritual inspiration through the lens of my camera. These photos are part of my ongoing praise of Creator for abundance and beauty in this world, as well as an acknowledgment of G_d’s call to my own ministry of care for creation. How would you use a camera to give witness to Spirit at play in this world?


A great resource for this practice is:

Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice, by Christine Valters Paintner


Regarding Thomas Merton as photographer, CLICK HERE


For another person’s expression of their photography as prayerful practice, CLICK HERE


For a photo set of sacred journey pathways and portals, CLICK HERE


For a photo prayer project, CLICK HERE

white waterlily
white waterlily
purple waterlily
purple waterlily
lotus
lotus
dahlia
dahlia
daylily
daylily
primrose
primrose
ocotillo
ocotillo
midwest springtime
midwest springtime
daisy
daisy
creeping phlox
creeping phlox
columbine
columbine
nightshade
nightshade
helebore
helebore
succulent
succulent
blue blossoms
blue blossoms
green anne's lace
green anne's lace
outside oz
outside oz
Poppy
Poppy
lavender field
lavender field
butterfly 01
butterfly 01
butterfly 02
butterfly 02
butterfly 03
butterfly 03
butterfly 04
butterfly 04
dragonfly
dragonfly
oak leaf
oak leaf
tiny mushroom
tiny mushroom
nuthatch
nuthatch
nesting hummingbird
nesting hummingbird
costas
costas
perched hummingbird
perched hummingbird
gilded flicker
gilded flicker
acorn woodpecker
acorn woodpecker
wisdom
wisdom
ferruginous hawk
ferruginous hawk
harris hawk
harris hawk
bald eagle
bald eagle
Loon
Loon
scottish puffin
scottish puffin
soaring raven
soaring raven
winter starling
winter starling
winters glow
winters glow
snow dove
snow dove
eastern autumn
eastern autumn
autumnal palate
autumnal palate
tidal shanty
tidal shanty
lobster face
lobster face
maternal care
maternal care
winter observer
winter observer
doe and fawn
doe and fawn
spring fawns
spring fawns
lookout
lookout
dew on web
dew on web
acorns
acorns
Spiny-tailed Iguana
Spiny-tailed Iguana
woodland toad
woodland toad
San Lucan Rock Lizard
San Lucan Rock Lizard
pond turtle
pond turtle
oregon falls
oregon falls
lone tree
lone tree
boats anchored
boats anchored
labyrinth turns
labyrinth turns
Iona nunnery
Iona nunnery
bricks and magnolias
bricks and magnolias
eucharist
eucharist
portico
portico
traigh bahn
traigh bahn
standing tall
standing tall
mt. mclaughlin
mt. mclaughlin
Fourth Lake sunrise
Fourth Lake sunrise
request
request
golden folds
golden folds
prayers of light
prayers of light

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