Street photography in its essence is finding something beautiful, interesting or thought-provoking in the mundaneness of everyday life. That 1-2 second window that illuminates an aspect of the day-to-day that would otherwise go unnoticed, but in its simplicity reveals something larger than itself. This revelation is what drew me to pursue street photography as a hobby and a much needed creative outlet.
As I began to capture more of these moments, I begin to see parallels in what I was capturing and scripture found in the Bible. I started pairing scriptures with the candid shots I would take on the streets and began to see more of life in both.
These pairings have helped me to connect with people more when out on the street. Instead of just taking photos of people while I am roaming the streets, I am engaging with them – talking to them, getting to know them, praying for them, sharing the Gospel and establishing ongoing relationships with reoccurring encounters. Using art to connect with people is far more powerful than creating art for mere display.
In an attempt to combine my love for street photography and the scriptures of the Bible, I am hoping to show that both in their simplicity are revealing Someone larger than ourselves.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but words are more precise. There is a lot of ambiguity in our world. How can we tell the difference between what is true and what is mostly true? Even if I don’t like what I hear, complete truth is better than mostly true. Here is a basic truth: Everyone has told a lie. It is ironic that the fact that we have all lied is a complete truth. Another truth is that lying is a sin against God. One of the 10 commandments is “You shall not lie”. If you break a law, there must be a fine to pay. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). So even if you only sinned once, your punishment is death. But God wants to give us life. You have heard that God LOVES you. It most definitely is true. In fact, He loves us so much that for a time, He gave up what was most dear to Him: His only Son (Jesus). Jesus offered His life as a payment for the punishment that we as sinners deserve. Despite all of the confusion in this world, God gave us His Truth as a compass to find Him. Jesus said “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” We have all sinned (lied, stolen, lusted, used God’s name as a curse word, etc...), so we are all guilty of sin against God. Repent (turn away) from your sin and put your faith in what Jesus has done for you. Start following Him. Read the Bible to learn more of this completely wonderful truth. God not only gave us a picture of what love is, but gave us His Word - that is truth.