Photography has always intrigued me. As a young girl I remember carrying cameras around and admiring wedding photography magazines in book stores (RIP). It wasn’t until college that I began to truly understand what photography was and how (good) photographs were made. I distinctly remember my first day of photography class. Mr. Veneman, a mentor still to this day, enlightened me. He got me thinking about a photograph’s frame, composition, exposure, layers, story telling techniques, and most importantly – light.
Our first assignment in photo class was to take one picture focused on light. Of course, I couldn’t just take one; below are the photos from my very first assignment. Don’t judge…I’ve come a LONG way (and I do realize that I didn’t even clean up the chocolate tray before photographing…YIKES).
“Above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.” – George Eastman (Invented modern photographic film in 1883 and the first Kodak camera in 1888)
Light is the most important aspect of photography. Without good light, it is impossible to create a good photograph. Like the best photographs are made by the abundance of beautiful light, our Lord tells us to be a shining light in this world, to make and produce good things.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
Light shines. We are to be the light of the world. Just like absence of light produces bad photographs, bad things happen in the dark of this world. Darkness brings a lack of seeing visibly, a lack of clarity. We live in a dark world and our light doesn’t matter if it is not shining. We are to let our light shine to point the dark and lost world to our Savior. Our job is to shine amongst the crowd, to illuminate the world for Jesus.
Light reveals. It sneaks through the cracks and crevices. Light that creeps through the cracks can illuminate an entire area and make an ugly place bright and beautiful. We are to tell the world about Jesus and reveal His love. We are to seep through the cracks of a fallen world and make each place a little bit brighter because of the miracle that Jesus did in our lives.
Light spotlights. The light that we have should spotlight our Savior. We are to light up our Savior, pronounce His great name to the world. Like a captured moment in time, THAT has a lasting impact.
The Lord has given us everything in the world to boast about. He has shown us grace and given us the greatest gift of all – the gift of salvation! Our job is to let our light shine bright, reveal His love, and spotlight Him wherever we go. God has called us to show others we are different because He has transformed us. We have moved from dark to light, from death to life! That kind of light, friends, is worth photographing.