Photo Journals

Photography ruts are real. Like writer's block, the creative flow can just stop coming. Inspired by nothing and complacent with the craft. Creativity seems to come in waves and is often accompanied by certain seasons of life – there is nothing like a quarantine to make you feel like you have nothing new to photograph. Photography starts as a passion for people, but they soon realize that it is not as fun or interesting when you need to book jobs to pay the bills. The passion dies.

It doesn't have to be that way, though. There are ways to get the creative waters flowing again. I would argue that we need to create. In fact, we were created to create. To make much of the Creator through subduing and ruling over His creation is why we exist. Fruitfulness is creativity. We were made in the image of the Creator God – creativity is in our DNA.

Inspiration is a choice. Of course, some specific moments and scenes take our breath away. Mountains, lakes, and oceans at sunset. When God chooses to illuminate his creation in the perfect way to display His majesty. But there is beauty in the ordinary. We can choose to be in awe of creation. A single flower blooming in winter, or the way morning light streams through the kitchen window, or the smell of freshly baked bread. Making much of God, through the appreciation and the enjoyment of His creation will break the dam of complacency.

These photo journals are my attempt to see the beauty of God's creation in the ordinary – challenging myself to take more photos and to slow down long enough to appreciate God's extraordinary attention to detail.

Technical Details: All of the photos (so far) have been taken with the Fujifilm X100V. 


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