Four friends were sitting around the table, relaxing in, talking about life. As is my custom, I had a camera with me. The reflections of the scenes caught my eye and I began playing with the idea of how I might capture the image. There is something magical, mysterious, often leading to spiritual experience process in trying to see life in the ordinary. Everything happens in this space! You can see the past and future in context of the ordinary moments of the present. I am convinced this is the place God knows as home.
As we talk about images, the ordinary, and life, I ended up with an assignment. The friends wanted to challenge the company staff to see if they were looking at Singapore through the ordinary events of life. My photographic challenge was, is, to capture a series of photographs (eight) of Singapore's night. Each photograph must contain a clue as to its location. The winner of the staff contest identifies the most locations and gets a hosted night out with the photographer and a member of the management team at one of the locations identified.
This is a perplexing challenge. Do I focus on all types of entertainment? Do I filter my choices by what I enjoy? Should I anticipate the political correctness of how people look at art, even photographs and shape my thoughts around this?
Some pictures, no matter how interesting, capture humanity at its worst. Yes, individuals may enjoy the moment, but it is the best we have to offer? Metaphorically, the images could be seen through a two-sentence caption; “They hatch snake eggs and weave spider webs. Eat an egg and die; break an egg and get a snake!” (Isaiah 59.5) What is good is not always obvious. What is inspiriting may stretch our imagination.
I have no idea if I will succeed. I know it is a worthy one. Can I capture life in the ordinary – one that reflects the value I see in God, relationships, and community? It is a quest demanding of my best.
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