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Spoiler Alert this is a very personal post

Not so long ago, it was Halloween. It’s no secret that Halloween has become somewhat of a “dark” celebration. Due to the dark associations with Halloween, there has been intense debate over the appropriateness of certain religious sect – Christians participating in this holiday or activity. Anyways, this post is not to instigate any debate but to tell a story of one man boy and his camera.

Recently, I found myself in a new place, feeling stressed, frustrated, overwhelmed and the likes. I needed a cool off so bad – I needed a distraction. I had this brilliant Idea to take a walk just because. However, I later decided to take my camera along with me. I didn’t have any expectation as it was foggy and cold, but I felt if I did it might make me stay out longer. I remember just  after walking a few feets from where I live and thinking to myself “why on earth did I bring a camera along with me. Now everyone would be looking at me like a tourist”. As it turned out, it was the best decision I made all day.

My love for photography stems from the God-like effect or feelings I get. Yes, I said God-like and no it’s not Blasphemy. Francis Schaeffer in his book, Art and the Bible stated that We – humans “are creative because we bear the image of our Creator . . . therefore, man not only can love and think and feel emotion but also has the capacity to create”.  Granted some people don’t believe in God or if He exists, but if God truly does not exist there would be no reason to be an Atheist. Furthermore, if you see a painting you know there is a painter, if you see creation you know there is a Creater Creator .

I find photography to be quite a therapeutic creative process just like cooking. Again yes! I love food but, I love cooking more . . . I digress. Photography has made me a weird superhero. My senses (well some) have been heightened. I tend to be quite perceptive which in turn manifest itself in different forms. Personally, my sense of creativity is boosted by movement and exposure to changing scenery. When I’m by myself I see my surroundings from a different perspective. When I’m with a group of people I enjoy seeing things from their perspective. I am constantly challenged to use my photographic skills and tools in a different way and react to changing situations. At the end of my walk, I take pride in the new discoveries that I’ve made. Discoveries that make me Hallow-Him and as such I am reminded of the wise words of my elder brother:

“Don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or if the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your inner life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the ravens, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, carefree in the care of God. And you count far more.Has anyone by fussing before the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? If fussing can’t even do that, why fuss at all? Walk into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They don’t fuss with their appearance—but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them. If God gives such attention to the wildflowers, most of them never even seen, don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?

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