Last summer at Summit Youth Camp in Talahina I led a small group to consider the use of photography in their Christian spiritual journal writing. The Psalms paint compelling images with Hebrew poetry. Creation paints the story in images requiring a thousand words. Reading Psalm 19 would prompt anyone interested in photography to grab up the camera and wait. The students found a variety of ways to express how they had been interacting with the Scriptures as they crafted their journals.
The idea was not original with me. My friend Spencer Burke talked about these kinds of thing in our conversations over the years. One year at Glorieta a group of us attempted to capture Christian spiritual themes with our cameras as we walked that beautiful campus in New Mexico. Spencer had taught photography at Biola University and has quite the portfolio himself.
Recently, Spencer launched “Monotation.” As an avenue to engage a number of creatives along the journey Spencer offers,
My desire is to encourage people to take a moment each day to reflect, center and meditate – using a simple image with one word to evoke understanding, love, self-refection, creativity, celebration, integration…
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