This post is dedicated to a photo challenge hosted by a fellow blogger, Robyn G @ Captivate Me, entitled “See Differently 2016”. I have had the opportunity to be in Baltimore more often than normal as of late, and so took some time while there to capture some photos for this challenge.
Baltimore can be a daunting place with all of its one-way streets, bumper-to-bumper traffic, and blaring car horns. In the areas where I happened to be, there is also a sense of decay and disrepair as the old deteriorates in and among the new. Yet, when I chose to see differently, I was able to notice the beauty among all the cacophony and decay .
Black and White allows the eye to notice subtleties in line and form better than does color photography. I chose to edit each photo to b/w, in order to better focus on the outlines and detail, rather than taking in a whole scene. Occasionally, I photographed a whole street scene, to capture the various lines and forms being woven together. Where there was a splash of yellow within the original photo, I left it in for fun. When necessary, I darkened the sky and highlighted the building in order to more fully notice the outlines.
I hope you enjoy my new view of Baltimore, Maryland!
How does sharing photography of Baltimore fit in with “Proclaiming the hope of Jesus in the everyday”? Simply this. God made humans in his image. In a world where we are told we came from nothing – that is amazing news! Therefore –
We aren’t products of cosmic “blob”, we are amazingly creative creatures, made in the image of a more amazingly creative Creator!
God spoke stars and cosmos into space, giving each their own song! (yes – their own song! See this video) He designed the spots on leopards and the intricately patterned lines on Tigers and Zebras. He molded the pattern of each flower design, then fashioned it for it’s surroundings on each continent with innumerable shapes, sizes, colors, and scents. He thoughtfully painted the canvas of desert, plain, and mountain peak. Lastly, he created us – no two fingerprints the same, and then looked over all he’d designed and said it was good!
Like him, we long to experience beauty and express creativity uniquely. These characteristics within us were put there by our creative Creator. Photography and writing are two of the main ways in which I express a piece of God’s image within me.
Since he created me, and has loved me so relentlessly in Jesus, I long to create in a way that honors him.
So God created human beings in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
…Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day. (NLT)
As I look over my “creation” above, I too find a sense of pleasure, just as my Creator and Heavenly Daddy did as he looked over his.
Thanks Robyn G. for allowing me to join your challenge! It’s been fun. #seedifferently2016
With love and prayers,