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is shrinking. I chose to base this entry on some of my favorite shots throughout the few years I’ve adopted photography as a hobby. Meet one of my best friends: Ben Jenkins. We have been friends since eighth grade; he is a Studio Art major at Oklahoma Christian University. We have the same camera and whenever we happen to be in the same city at the same time (which is a rarity these days), we embark on photo adventures.
There’s my brother. Although this image makes him look like a chain-smoker, he certainly is not. I took this photo one day at Percy Warner Park. Converting it to b&w was a must.
I love Nashville. This is one of the best shots I’ve gotten of the skyline. I took this photo last fall semester when my Ethos Photography House Church went downtown for a photo-taking party. If you’ve lived in Nashville for a few years and still feel like you don’t really know the city, go explore. We live in a very diverse city, full of good music, original restaurants, top-notch shopping and picturesque parks.
What is your favorite aspect of Nashville?
A few weekends ago, my parents came in town to see my brother perform in Arcadia. Matthew (my brother) often encourages me to take my camera with me everywhere I go. Here are a few random photos I took in his backyard…and one of him, of course.
Robert Brault once said, ” Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
Seize the day!
Have you had any experiences recently that simply just made you feel more alive?
I really love the outdoors. Maybe you’ve noticed. If there’s one aspect of this earthly life that makes me believe in the power of God, it is through the beauty and majesty of the world He has surrounded us with.
“The earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for God has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.” –Psalm 24:1-2
The summer before my freshman year at Lipscomb University, I had the opportunity to go on Wilderness TREK with the youth group I was a part of.
TREK is a rugged six-day adventure in the mountains of southern Colorado. Trek includes backpacking, hiking, rappelling, devotionals, solo times, a climb to the summit of a 13,000 or 14,000-foot mountain, and, if you prefer, white water rafting. It is specifically designed to challenge young people (14 – 19 years of age), adults, and families of all ages to discover self-confidence, self-esteem and personal faith.The trees completely overwhelmed me. Yet, under their shade, I felt secure. On our “summit day,” we had to begin hiking at 3 a.m. This picture was taken when the sun was rising over the mountains of Salida, Colo. We made it to the top! TREK was one of the most mentally, emotionally and physically challenging experiences I’ve ever had. There’s nothing quite like being 14,000+ feet above civilization.
This passage from Psalms sums up my feelings perfectly:
“Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are great. You are clothed with honor and majesty, wrapped in light as with a garment. You stretch out the heavens like a tent, you set the beams of your chambers on the waters, you make the clouds your chariot, you ride on the wings of the wind, you make the winds your messengers, fire and flame your ministers. You set the earth on its foundations, so that it shall never be shaken. You cover it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.” -Psalm 104:1-6
When/how do you feel closest to God? How can we do a better job of being good stewards to His creation?
By spending three months in Europe last fall, I became partial to certain cities. One of my favorites was/is…(drumroll please) VENICE. Or Venezia, if you want to embrace your inner Italian. Here are some of my favorite photos I took during my short weekend in Venice.
If there’s one thing you probably know about Venice, it’s the canals and (romantic, but cheesy) gondola rides.
Imagine gliding slowly down the narrow canals in a gondola on a moonlit night to musical accompaniment. Sounds like a movie, right?If there’s one thing you should know about me, here it is: I love people-watching. I really like this photo I captured of a father and daughter feeding some birds outside of a cathedral in Venice. They were surrounded by thousands of tourists, yet they seemed completely unaffected. What a beautiful moment for me to witness. Venice is a photographer’s dream. Beauty is everywhere…literally. The people are striking, the architecture is intricate, the canals are bountiful and the food is simply irresistible. I adore Venice, in all its magnificence. If this post has convinced you it is a must-see, let me warn you to save your shekels. Italy is expensive but (undoubtably) worth the splurge.
What is your top destination in Europe? If you’ve been before, what city did you grow to appreciate the most? Viva La Venezia!
In the few years I have been actively pursuing photography, I began to notice a trend in some of my photos: I adore God’s manifestation of His beauty through flowers.
They fascinate me. It seems humans are not the only species drawn
to this magnificent portrayal of beauty.
“Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.”
Song of Solomon 2:12
Many times I have found myself outdoors seeking to capture different landscapes, people, candid moments, etc. All of a sudden, I find myself standing next to (or over) a flower or two. I am like a slave, unable to leave its captivity (in the best way possible) for a few minutes.
I believe that when God chose to create us in His image, He was calling us to pursue beauty and the wonders He created for us to enjoy and explore.
Can you tell how enthralled I am by flowers? Although I love capturing any and all flowers, my favorites are…
What is your favorite flower? If you don’t have one yet, I encourage you to seek them out in this beautiful weather we have been given!
As much as I love traveling outside the USA, I have had a conviction the past few months to explore more cities and states in my own land.
"This land is your land, this land is my land From California, to the New York Island From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters This land was made for you and me"
Anyway. Sorry about that tangent. After I graduated from high school, my dad promised to take me on a father-daughter trip to a U.S. destination of my choosing. I’ve always had a fascination for the West Coast. Therefore, I decided on San Francisco. What a fabulous decision.
One of my favorite memories is from the Japanese Tea Garden, full of native plants, flowers, birds and goldfish. The gardens cover over five acres, and the weather was perfect for exploration while we were there in early August!
What would a visit to San Francisco be without seeing one of the crookedest streets in America: Lombard Street. Street Performers are everywhere in the city, often known as the “Silver Men.” Here are a few other attractions we saw during our time in SF:
– Toured the Ghiradelli Factory
-Took a train to Palo Alto, home of Stanford University
-Toured the SF Museum of Modern Art
-Ate in Little Italy
Can you tell how much I adore this city? I look forward to returning as soon as possible. Besides, who wouldn’t want to take a trip down memory lane and see the Victorian Houses used in the opening credits of Full House?
What is your favorite U.S. city and why? What U.S. city would you most like to visit and why?
Three months abroad allows for plenty of chances
to capture some rather picturesque places.
Traveling through dozens of different cities and countries
truly fostered in me a desire to appreciate and
delve into the realm of photography.
This photo was taken in Prague, Czech Republic. We were on a guided walking tour of the city.
I really loved the way these branches were framing the city skyline.
Although we were in Prague during the height of tourist season,
it is a magnificent city worth exploring!