Behind the Photos in the March/April 2014 Issue

by Beth Richardson on April 1, 2014 · 1 comment

Order a copy of the March/April 2014 issue, “Priorities,” by calling 1.800.972.0433. Download the digital edition.
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kayak

“Last year I had the wonderful experience of kayaking in the intercoastal waters near Destin, Florida. I carried my iPhone with me in the kayak, safe in a waterproof float, secured to the boat. I have never been much of a water person, so I was surprised at how spiritual this experience was for me. I took a few pictures during the trip, carefully pulling my phone out of the case, snapping the picture, and then securing it back. I wrote this meditation about the experience:”

- Beth Richardson, about her photo on the Contents page. Beth got her first camera when she was in 5th grade. She follows in the footsteps of her dad, a United Methodist pastor and avid photographer who set up a dark room in the guest bathroom of the parsonage. One summer when she home from college, her dad took her to the camera store to get her first SLR — a Pentax ME — which she still owns. She loves to pray with a camera in her hand — whether it’s her Nikon D90 or her iPhone. “Praying with a camera in hand helps me see things in a different way than I do when I’m just walking down the street. It makes my seeing full of holy moments. Taking pictures is about my favorite activity.”

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worship

“This image was taken during a time of worship at my niece Whitney’s church called Christian City Church, originally out of Australia. It was a beautiful time of worship that reminds me that finding times to offer worship to our Father God need to be a priority. When we stop and find times to sit at the feet of Jesus, He will guide our priorities.”

- Marie Nease, about her photo on page 3. 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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butterfly

“I took this photo of my daughter during a family outing to the local botanical gardens to enjoy the beauty of growing things. The gardens were hosting a special butterfly tent at the time. She loved watching them dart and flit about the tent!”

- Lauren Richwine, about her photo on page 3. Lauren is an artist, photographer, and writer. When she isn’t changing diapers or cooking, she is the creative force behind “Portrait of a Lady,” to visually tell the stories of women’s spirituality and beauty. Lauren lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with her husband, daughter, and sister. See Portrait of a Lady on Facebook.
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Rosslyn Chapel

“Did you read The Da Vinci Code or see the movie? Then you might recall that the final scene takes place at the Rosslyn Chapel, a small medieval church outside of Edinburgh, Scotland. While many of the churches and monasteries from the period lie in ruins, the Rosslyn Chapel is a marvel. It is a nearly perfectly preserved 600 year old structure in which every interior surface is ornately carved with some biblical allegory. The Chapel has been called “a Bible in stone.” Ordinarily, there is no photography permitted inside the chapel – an understandable policy: nobody would leave if they were permitted to use their camera inside. However, by a fortunate happenstance, I was given permission to photograph a concert of Celtic music that was performed inside the chapel in May, 2013. Once inside, I was given free reign to photograph whatever I wanted. This carving of the the Madonna and Child appears in the main vault, but is not medieval in origin; it was probably placed in the chapel during the Victorian era. On the edges of the photo, and in the arch adjacent, you can get some sense of the elaborate detail of the original carvings. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime privilege to make photos of this sacred and historic space.”

- Paul Schatzkin, about his photo on p. 3. Paul is an author, entrepreneur, and photographer based in Nashville, Tennessee. For more about his work, go to cohesionarts.com.

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sunrise

“I got up early to get some sunrise photos. The fog had everything draped in dew. The sun came up, shining through the trees and fog. It reminded me of the glory of God!”

- Kevin Main, about his photo on p. 8. Kevin is a landscape photographer whose photos have appeared in a variety of places, from scientific journals to religious publications to art fairs. His love of God’s creation is also beautifully expressed in his children’s book, I See You There: My Father’s Love.

 

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cross

“This photo was taken on a very foggy day at Mount Davidson, the highest natural point in San Francisco, California. The concrete cross was completed in 1934 and stands 103 feet tall.”

- Jackson DeParis, about his photo on p. 9. Jackson was initially trained in scientific photography, but commercial advertising and editorial photography soon became his true calling. Dividing time between San Francisco and Nashville, Jackson is a consummate photographer, shooting everything from high-tech labs, CEOs and artists, to a wide range of editorial and product work. Equally at ease in the studio or on location he brings to each assignment a unique vision and fresh enthusiasm, using all appropriate tools and techniques. jacksondeparis.com
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hands

“In this image, my son, Michael, was reaching down to help his soon-to-be wife from Taiwan. They were married in September of 2013. Their relationship has been challenging for our families as we are learning how to accept and love someone from a different cultural and religious background. In my family, it is a priority to love and accept others, even when it isn’t easy! We know our Father God can love through us. Step by step, even imperfectly, we are learning to love and accept.”

- Marie Nease, about her photo on page 11. 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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girl

“Here we have a joyful and eager new member of the human tribe being literally raised up by her proud and loving father; a joyful celebration and testimonial to the miracle of life in the midst of the tall spires of a natural cathedral of a thousand-year, towering redwood grove. The true priorities of life are right in front of our eyes.”

- Jefferson Braswell, about his photo on page 19. Jefferson’s interest in the visual arts was stimulated by a great deal of global travel, both growing up as well as professionally. He was motivated to actively produce visual works while living at Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountains, traveling to Asia as a publisher of limited edition prints of the original works of several fine artists, and spending time in Puerto Rico and Europe in order to produce live music recordings for his small indie label Tahoe Records. He is also a musician and composer with his own body of work of musical compositions and recordings. When he is not doing what he enjoys most (arts and music), Jefferson provides consulting and advisory services to the financial industry in the areas of enterprise risk management and information technology.

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lily

“The wild lilies come back every spring to a section of woods on our farm. I look forward to their arrival every year around Easter.”

- Dan Wray, about his photo on pp. 24-25. 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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island

“I took this photo of trees on a rocky island from a canoe during a camping trip with one of my sons in northern Maine. We spent a lot of time fishing and taking photographs.”

- Dan Wray, about his photo on pp. 32-33.

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flower

“The summer this photo was taken our family was living in temporary quarters. It was a period of many transitions and a lot of uncertainty. Each evening after dinner, my children and I would walk around the neighborhood attempting to connect to our new neighbors. On one of those walks, we were surprised to find a small flower growing in the crack of a concrete sidewalk. Being someone who has difficulty keeping any plants or flowers alive, I found it inspiring that this seed was able to blossom in unexpected and far from ideal circumstances.”

- Tessa Lemos Del Pino, about her photo on pp. 38. Tessa is a writer and photographer who loves learning and is always reading something. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her family.
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palm

“This palm frond was photographed in our local botanical gardens during a family outing.”

- Lauren Richwine, about her photo on p. 39.

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walkway

“I discovered this walkway in the Philadelphia area while attending a science and religion conference.”

- Dan Wray, about his photo on p. 48.

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Books Featured in the March/April 2014 Issue

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Here are some of the authors and books featured in the pages of “Priorities” (Alive Now, March/April 2014). To get a copy of this issue or to order a subscription, call 1.800.972.0433 or order online. Trevor Hudson One Day at a Time: Discovering the Freedom of 12-Step Spirituality Elizabeth Canham Heart Whispers: Benedictine Wisdom for Today […]

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2014 Holy Week Scriptures

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We probably have more church services during Holy Week than any other week of the year. Even for the days when there aren’t specific services, there are still liturgical readings set aside for the celebration and observance of each day of Holy Week. We invite you to journey along with scripture for each day of […]

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From the Editor: Priorities

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Do you know what your priorities are? If I rated my priorities according to the amount of time I spend on things, my list would look something like this: Job Sleep Dog Fitness Housework Playing with technology Television Way down on my list would be church, family, and prayer time. This self-reckoning is a bit […]

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Meet the Writers – Thom M. Shuman

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Meet Thom Shuman, contributor in the January/February 2014 issue, “Compassion.” Here he shares his writing experience. His poem, ”high calling” appears on page 38. To get a copy of this issue or to order a subscription to Alive Now, call 1.800.972.0433 or order online.   I began my spiritual writing back in April of 2001, while spending […]

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