Behind the Photos in the May/June 2016 Issue

by Beth A Richardson on May 10, 2016 · 0 comments

Order a copy of the May/June 2016 issue, “Wholeness,” by calling 1.800.972.0433. Download the digital edition.

support

“I was at a peace rally of older women in Utrecht, Holland. They stood in the cold for hours, pleading for an end to nuclear weapons. Many needed support from each other just to stand.”

– Jan Phillips, about her photo on p. 3. Jan is a writer, musician, and photographer. She is the author of ten award-winning books, which include many of her photos. Jan leads retreats and presentations, which are multimedia, multisensory events that connect the heart and brain. She uses images, music, poetry, and storytelling to evoke deep, nondualistic creative thinking and expression. janphillips.com

Jan is cofounder and executive director of The Livingkindness Foundation.

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indigo bunting

“This photo was taken from a photography blind placed close to these plants where songbirds were feeding. An electronic flash was used on my camera.”

– Dan Wray, about his photo on pp. 10-11. recently retired from teaching religion, philosophy, and English at the college level. He serves as pastor of the Presbyterian church in Badin, North Carolina. Dan and his wife, Leslee, live on a farm in the Piedmont of North Carolina. They have three adult sons and two teen daughters. See some of Dan’s work at his website: danwrayphoto.com.

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shadow portrait

“No story here, really. This photo was taken as part of a series of images for a client. I love to play with light and dark, shadows and sun in my work.”

– Lauren Richwine, about her photo on p. 14-15. Based in the midwestern United States, Lauren is the photographer and creative force behind Portrait of a Lady, a business designed to help women tell the spirit of their stories through conceptual photography. See Portrait of a Lady on Facebook.

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pincushion blossom

“I love walking through the parks in San Francisco. Living near Golden Gate Park, I regularly visit the arboretum. This photo of a beautiful pincushion blossom is filled with hairy twists, plastic-like whirls and a strong candy color.”

– Dianne Griffin, about her photo on pp. 24-25. Dianne was born in Kansas City, Kansas, where the endless flat plains left their mark on her vision. Her dynamic household growing up consisted of grandparents, an uncle, five siblings, cousins, a collection of wild snakes, and a revolving door of her father’s employees. This cast of characters honed Dianne’s sense of humor and helped her to develop the skill of observation.

Dianne has been shooting, producing, and directing documentaries for over twenty years. Her work spans a rich range of productions, from feature documentaries to her own independent projects. Dianne’s newest documentary collaboration, Painted Nails, is currently playing on the film festival circuits. For more information, go to  DianneGriffin.com.

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Hallett Peak

“It was the first weekend of October. The previous night, the higher elevations in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado received a significant amount of snow. I decided to get up early the next morning to photograph the snow on Hallett Peak and Flattop Mountain. This shot was taken just as the sun began to strike the peaks.”

– Pasquale Mingarelli, about his photo on p. 28-29. Pat is an award-winning photographer who worked as a newspaper photographer before joining the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ (now known as Cru), where he worked as a photojournalist with their magazine, Worldwide Challenge. He now has a ministry called The Creation Speaks, which explores how creation speaks to our heart, soul, and mind about God. Pasquale approaches nature as an artist and not as a scientist. He looks at how it touches our soul on a theological level and our hearts through its majesty, mystery, and beauty.

Pasquale teaches photography at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa; Metro Community College in Omaha, Nebraska; and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. He lives in Bellevue, Nebraska, with his wife, Patti; their two children, Talitha and Pasquale; and their dog, Montana.

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dawn

“This photo was taken at dawn from the top of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California. More color, more light, and eventually the city of San Francisco shown as the morning unfolded into day. This scene reminds me of a 1970’s music poster that, as a teenager, I pinned to my wall.”

– Dianne Griffin, about her photo on pp. 30-31. Dianne was born in Kansas City, Kansas, where the endless flat plains left their mark on her vision. Her dynamic household growing up consisted of grandparents, an uncle, five siblings, cousins, a collection of wild snakes, and a revolving door of her father’s employees. This cast of characters honed Dianne’s sense of humor and helped her to develop the skill of observation.

Dianne has been shooting, producing, and directing documentaries for over twenty years. Her work spans a rich range of productions, from feature documentaries to her own independent projects. Dianne’s newest documentary collaboration, Painted Nails, is currently playing on the film festival circuits. For more information, go to  DianneGriffin.com.

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crabapple blossom

“The image of the pink cone flowers was taken at the Mauldin Gardens in Clarkesville, Georgia near where I live. I volunteered in the garden in the spring of 2015. Mauldin Gardens is a quiet refuge I return to again and again to wander, take photos, and pray. I’ve started creating a series of “Layers of Life” images taken in the gardens.”

– Marie Nease, about her photo on pp. 32-33. Marie is a six-time award-winning member of the Roswell Photographic Society. Her expertise in photography is mixed with a passion that can’t be tamed. The love of photography spans multiple generations in Marie’s family. Marie has published articles and short stories and enjoys expressing herself through creative writing and poetry. Marie is a mother of four wonderful young men and grandmother to six. She lives near the mountains in Cornelia, Georgia. Visit her website, wingdreamer.com.

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bee

“I took this photo in a flowerbed on our little farm. It took many attempts, holding the camera with flash while chasing bees around to finally catch one in focus while in flight.”

– Dan Wray, about his photo on pp. 34-35. Dan teaches religion, philosophy, and English at the college level. He also serves as pastor of the Presbyterian church in Badin, North Carolina. He lives on a farm in the Piedmont of North Carolina with his wife and two daughters. See some of Dan’s work at his website: danwrayphoto.com.

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Protea

“This is a Protea, a South African plant that is sometimes called a Sugarbush. The velvet blossoms are large, and this pair suggests they are friends taking in the light and refreshments of the day.”

– Dianne Griffin, about her photo on p. 40. Dianne was born in Kansas City, Kansas, where the endless flat plains left their mark on her vision. Her dynamic household growing up consisted of grandparents, an uncle, five siblings, cousins, a collection of wild snakes, and a revolving door of her father’s employees. This cast of characters honed Dianne’s sense of humor and helped her to develop the skill of observation.

Dianne has been shooting, producing, and directing documentaries for over twenty years. Her work spans a rich range of productions, from feature documentaries to her own independent projects. Dianne’s newest documentary collaboration, Painted Nails, is currently playing on the film festival circuits. For more information, go to  DianneGriffin.com.

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mystery flower

“What is this exotic-looking flower? I love nature’s astonishing abundance! The great creator has a wonderful sense of humor and the steady hand of the finest artist. This little attention-getter popped up in my garden one day and made me exclaim “Wow!” Miracles certainly are everywhere!”

– Nancy Terzian, about her photo on p. 47. Nancy is our art director and graphic designer. She has designed several book covers and interiors for Upper Room Books as well as other clients via her Nashville-based design studio, Buckinghorse Design. Before starting her own business ten years ago, Nancy was the art director and designer for several magazines in the San Francisco Bay area, including Yoga Journal, Electronic Musician, and Frisko. To see some of Nancy’s other design work, visit facebook.com/BuckinghorseDesign or her website, nancyterzian.com.

Nancy is a singer/songwriter who has two solo releases under her belt—Violet and Traveling Light. She is also a nature lover, runner, and yoga enthusiast.

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scarred tree

“My contemplative camera
captured what my heart could not.

O Great Spirit, I yearn for you
across the rocks and emptiness …
the hollow places
that have not yet found their sacredness.

O Gracious God, see into the places
yet unrealized in my short sighted vision….
Cast your passing hand over me.
Linger here with me.”

— Marianne Stieg, OSF

– Marianne Stieg, OSF, about her photo on p. 48. Marianne is a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Joliet, Illinois. She is a spiritual director, retreat facilitator, teacher, and photographer. Marianne explains, “Photography and spirituality are my passion. I find the two to be complementary and nourishing to the spirit. A photograph exclusively captures a single moment, an image in time, a memory. It is my desire to bring life to images all around us. Spirituality feeds this vision.”

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