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“My Camera Was Like A Shield”

‘My camera was like a shield,’ says Syrian war photographer – Deutsche Welle

Karam al-Masri was shot, spent time in an “IS” prison and lost relatives to the violence in Syria. Now in exile, the photographer can’t get the images of war out of his head – and can’t wait to get back to the field. Karam al-Masri (AFP/Getty Images). ‘My camera was like a shield,’ says Syrian war photographer – Deutsche Welle

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Tunnels Of Love

These are some of the most amazing pictures of a subway system I have ever seen. So how does one turn a metro system into something visually captivating? Well, it certainly doesn’t hurt when the subject is an architectural phenomenon as are the case in Chris Forsyth’s images. However, all train stations, new and old, have elements that can be pleasing or interesting to the eye.

To start, train stations are loaded with interesting parallel lines that all lead to somewhere. Such geometry lends itself to producing cool perspective shots that vanish into somewhere or nowhere, or lead to a destination that is sharp in focus or blurred and blended into the background. Most stations do not offer the same menagerie of color as those featured in Chris’ gallery. However, nearly all have curious lighting that create all sorts of color casts that span the full range of color temperature. From the subtle bulb-lit sign to the powerful florescent fixtures that flood the space. Easily a lack of vibrant color can be substituted with shadows and highlights of blue to yellow light which can add mystery and contrast to the image.

Finally, what do ALL train stations have that can bring photography to life? TRAINS of course! And one can have a field day with the motion caused by a train entering or leaving the platform as well as the action and expressions of people sprinting in and out.

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I did and get inspired to go “down under” for a day of metro station photography!

Photographer Chris M. Forsyth Exposes the Beauty of the Metro System – Interior Design

Photographer Chris M. Photographer Chris M. Forsyth Exposes the Beauty of the Metro System – Interior Design

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Smile! Wait… Don’t Smile

This is such a fascinating article. Comparing the photography of subjects from long ago to today is something we should probably do more often. This particular mystery tells a lot about our modern evolution in front of the camera. Quite the contrary from long ago, we are totally obsessed with our appearance. In addition, the popularity of the “forced” selfie smile suggests that we are a very different culture today. Perhaps, more self-absorbed and vain; more synthetic and commoditized.  This is one topic where there is more much to it than meets the eye.

Now You Know: Why Do People Always Look So Serious in Old Photos? – TIME

Some dismiss the idea that bad teeth could have been a possible cause for early photography’s close-lipped images, since that was a common condition and wouldn’t have necessarily been noteworthy at the time. Now You Know: Why Do People Always Look So Serious in Old Photos? – TIME

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Making It Real – The Refugee Crisis

A lot of jibber jabber about the problem of refugees on social media. Images however, for those who care to see, start to bring the problem home and make it real. I pray this article and these images perform an angioplasty on the hearts of those who have turned their head away from this tragedy. This is not their problem. This is everyone’s problem.

Photographer Captures Life In A Refugee Camp During Trump’s Travel Ban – Konbini US

Photographer Captures Life In A Refugee Camp During Trump’s Travel BanThe global refugee crisis is considered the greatest humanitarian disaster of our time. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, over 65 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes by conflict and persecution in 2015. Photographer Captures Life In A Refugee Camp During Trump’s Travel Ban – Konbini US

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Love Is Power

The most powerful force on earth is the divine ability to love one another and express it in nearly infinite ways. Blessed are those of us that embrace and promote love over any other emotion.

New Platform Promotes Images Of Black People Engaging In Acts Of Affection – Huffington Post

“Black Love Power” aims to reimagine and reflect the many ways black love can be experienced and perceived. 02/14/2017 08:28 am ET | Updated 6 hours ago. 6.3k. Lilly Workneh Black Voices Senior Editor, The . New Platform Promotes Images Of Black People Engaging In Acts Of Affection – Huffington Post

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Under The Sea… Under The Sea…

Genesis 1:9
Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.

In pictures: Stunning images of sea life from the Underwater Photography of the Year 2017 – Yahoo News UK

These amazing images were snapped in extreme conditions by talented photographers with a keen eye. They all feature in the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017 competition, which showcases the best images below the surface. In pictures: Stunning images of sea life from the Underwater Photography of the Year 2017 – Yahoo News UK

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The Lord Must Build The House & Guard The City

Psalm 127:1
Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.

Amazing images of New York City before it was a city – Business Insider

New York City — a city known for Times Square, Central Park, and commanding skyscrapers — didn’t always look like the way it does today. Amazing images of New York City before it was a city – Business Insider

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Fear Not!

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

14 Not-Fake Shark Pictures From a Real Nat Geo Photographer

A phony photograph of a shark is the latest in a year of fake news. But these images are all real. When a man on Twitter claimed to be ‘s chief photographer, several photo editors at the magazine assembled to discuss. 14 Not-Fake Shark Pictures From a Real Nat Geo Photographer – National Geographic

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Exhausted On The Corporate Ladder? Climb This First…

Everything in life is relative. If we are open-minded, our perspective is constantly changing which is the way we were designed. As we learn and grow the more we know. A closed mind interferes with this process and makes us vulnerable to prejudice, ignorance, and neglect. Neglect for all the blessings in our life because we are not willing to know and appreciate the world around us.

Many of us are at a stage in life where “climbing the corporate ladder” consumes our purpose and passion. In its midst, we will likely forget that it represents only a slice of our life and fulfillment. In fact, it will unlikely be the most important thing we encounter as time passes.

For these children who climb to school, they are learning about a different kind of ladder. The ladder of character. I could barely get out of bed to go to school much less climb 800 meters to get there. It probably wasn’t going to happen for me. While I was blessed with more convenience, I missed the blessing that would have better shaped my perspective on life at the time.

In pictures: Steel ladder makes 800m climb easier – BBC News

A group of children in Sichuan, China, have a new ladder to assist their 800-metre climb down to school. An aerial view of Atuler village on a cliff on November 11, 2016 in Zhaojue Barcroft Images. In pictures: Steel ladder makes 800m climb easier – BBC News

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Rare Photos of Tribe Spur Urgent Pleas to Protect It

At most, only a plane flight physically separates us from people who live very different from anything we are familiar with. Interestingly, we are more than earthly neighbors and share quite a bit in common. For starters, we are all human and all created by God!

God has created an amazing spectrum of culture that we must protect and cherish. If we grow up thinking that everyone must look and live like us, we miss the blessing of diversity and the sheer potential of man’s inventive nature.

Rare Photos of Brazilian Tribe Spur Pleas to Protect It – National Geographic

Indigenous leaders and rights groups say illegal gold prospectors pose a mortal threat to a group of uncontacted Yanomami Indians. 0. Picture of the hut of an uncontacted tribe seen from a helicopter. View Images. Rare Photos of Brazilian Tribe Spur Pleas to Protect It – National Geographic

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Can You Find Beauty In Hardship?

For most of us, the life of those depicted in the images from this NPR article is simply unimaginable. Still, there is an immense beauty about them that is not easily understood. Probably because hardship brings out the absolute best in us. It separates us from our comfort zone that tends to take off the pressure of truly “living life” and pursuing our full potential.

Hardship builds character. It inspires the possiblity of the impossible. It humbles us to the point where our humanity radiates love, forgiveness, and servitude toward our fellow-man and most importantly, God.

I remember flying back from the Middle East in the summer of 2014 and saying to my beloved wife, “I do not feel like I am taking pictures of subjects anymore. I feel like I am photographing the awesome beauty of creation even in the most destitute parts of the world. I feel like I am photographing God.”

And photographingGOD was born. Blessings…

Absolutely Gorgeous Photos Reveal The Beauty In A Hard Life – NPR

Can you find beauty in a life of hardship? If the photos from the Siena International Photo Awards are any indication, the answer is yes. Absolutely Gorgeous Photos Reveal The Beauty In A Hard Life – NPR

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We Are Bound By A Ball And Chain

Power is handed down by God, who is the ultimate power, to politicians, teachers, corporate leaders, parents, etc.  Those who are blessed with power are given gifts and talents to inspire and bring out the best in us as a community. However, if the fever of power overcomes the leadership, humility is overwhelmed by self righteousness and the pursuit of personal gain.

Before long, people question the motives of the powerful and lose faith in the system. When people lose faith in the system, chaos, confusion, and a breakdown in confidence ensues which then jeopardizes the power and authority of the leaders responsible. The entire community, including its leadership, is kept from progressing as a result. It’s as if the entire society is bound by a ball and chain.

When leaders approach power with humility, and recognize that it is on loan from God, they earn the respect of the people they lead. They gain increasingly more influence to inspire and elevate the community, and bring out the best in God’s creation. The system flourishes, and is respected and perfected by the people, for the people.

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When Does An “Ad” Subtract? When It Divides Instead Of Multiplies Of Course…

I cannot remember a time when the culture of advertising was truly inclusive (or the media for that matter). You would think that advertisers selling a product or service would want to appeal to the largest possible audience of potential customers. “Not just the perfect ones.” If I am selling soap, why would I only want to sell it to people who looked or acted like me?

When advertisers choose certain “types” of people to represent their product and intentionally exclude others, they have somehow managed to convince those that are excluded, that they should be more like the ones that are included, and not themselves.

However, advertisers have taken control of this problem with some slight-of-hand psychological magic. When advertisers choose certain “types” of people to represent their product and intentionally exclude others, they have somehow managed to convince those that are excluded, that they should be more like the ones that are included, and not themselves. The “included” are superior and the excluded need to be like them tapping into our deepest, darkest insecurities. The media drives this identity crisis. Advertisers find benefit in homogenizing the globe into a one size, figure, color, type, culture, etc. fits all. This is not how we were created and abandons the richness of our diversity.

I don’t really believe that people should be called “disabled.” My preference is to acknowledge them as people who are able in ways that others are not.

People who have disabilities are among the excluded and have possibly suffered the most because they have to deal with both their affliction as well as trying to fit in. First, I don’t really believe that people should be called “disabled.” My preference is to acknowledge them as people who are able in ways that others are not. This is an important truth because the physical, mental, intellectual, and emotional coping mechanisms of people who may not function exactly like the masses are nothing short of extraordinary. Their resourcefulness to compensate and develop nearly supernatural abilities is evidence that they are God’s special children. To witness their daily perseverance is like watching the entire Star Wars Trilogy wrapped up in one human being. There is little on this earth that can motivate, inspire and give us hope like these individual miracles. I don’t understand why they aren’t dominating the content of all our media!

We should not underestimate the significance of growing up in a media-driven world that pretends you don’t exist. We should be able to grow up in a world where our environment not only accepts us, but promotes all of us as a community of one people without leaving anyone behind.

ADORABLE! Ga. baby changing perceptions of beauty in advertising – 11alive.com

A local mom’s push for more inclusive advertising is going viral after she called out a company so that they would use children with disabilities. Kaitlyn Ross, WXIA 10:49 PM. EDT October 22, 2016. ADORABLE! Ga. baby changing perceptions of beauty in advertising – 11alive.com

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Wasting Away In Consumerville

The waste generated by consumer electronics, or e-waste (primarily computers and peripherals, audio and video equipment, telephone and wireless devices, most office machines, and video game consoles), is a serious problem as you may know or will learn from the images and statistics in the Guardian article below. However, the waste is one problem and the cause of the waste is yet another. More specifically, we have allowed ourselves to become a major part of a destructive “throw-away” economy.

The E-waste problem is created by the consumer electronics product cycle. It is the “cycle” part that both creates and amplifies the problem.

Innovation is “dripped” into the hands of consumers to maximize sales and revenues. Similarly, obsolescence is also dripped into the other end of the chain which forces the more conscientious (or frugal) die-hards into the next generation product whether they like it or not.

Manufacturers of consumer electronics have a business growth strategy that requires a continuous cycle of innovation and is strategically timed with driving company value. Innovation is “dripped” into the hands of consumers to maximize sales and revenues. Similarly, obsolescence is dripped into the other end of the chain which forces the more conscientious (or frugal) die-hards into the next generation product whether they like it or not. Companies have intimate knowledge of our buying behaviors and the cycle is fit around those patterns. Worst yet, advertisers (who are paid by the manufacturers) know how to shrink the cycle even further through “must have” incentives and deals, as well as guilt marketing.

Take mobile phones . New versions with new features. New sizes and new colors. Better cameras with higher resolutions. All these new devices will also need new peripherals like chargers, docking stations, etc. More waste without haste. And in the end, the capability of connecting with others and data really doesn’t changed much. One could argue that in some cases the quality of the product, service, and experience has suffered.

We should put pressure on the largest of manufacturers to lengthen the product cycle by (i) building higher quality products made with more durable materials, (ii) improving a product’s upgradeability to adapt to innovations like antennas and storage, (iii) standardize peripherals, like chargers, to be used across multiple products from different manufacturers, and (iv) discourage discounting, trade-up, and other incentive programs which unduly and prematurely tempt buyers.

The e-waste mountains – in pictures – The Guardian

4928Sustainable development goal target 12.5 is to reduce waste. But with a planet increasingly dependent on technology, is that even possible? The e-waste mountains – in pictures – The Guardian

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A great and informative video from The Story of Stuff Project and Free Range Studios.

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What Do You Know About The First Book Illustrated With Photographs?

Probably more than me because I knew nothing. But when I learned that it was a book about algae and also published by the first female photographer, I had to wonder why I never heard about this before. Granted, algae are not the most photogenic subjects. However, the cyanotyping film process made them perfect for the technology of the day.

Then it occurred to me that it may have been a more perfect subject for other reasons. Algae are some of the simplest living creatures on earth; Many of which are composed of a single cell. God’s miracle.  So, I closed my eyes and imagined myself seeing photos in a book for the first time in the mid-1800s and being introduced, not to a family portrait or a picture of a farm landscape. But something that really made me wonder about creation itself.

God often has a way of working a miracle with His right hand while another is brewing in His left. Next time you witness a miracle, look for God’s left hand at work as well!

These Beautiful Images of Algae Were the First Photos to Illustrate Any Book | Atlas Obscura

“In 1843, the first book ever to be illustrated with photographs was published. Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions documented species of algae in ethereal, blue splendor. Its author, Anna Atkins, was as pioneering as the book she published; she is widely recognized as the first female photographer.” read more at atlasobscura.com

Look Up In The Sky. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No! It’s God!

God warned us He would place signs in the heavens. It’s ironic that we spend so much time walking around looking down at our phones when the real action is going on in the skies.

“Amy Langley photographed this “angelic” sunrise in Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii on Jan. 13, 2016. A series of spectacular images of the sun were caught on camera this week from New York to Hawaii, with some saying they see angels, doves and crosses. A photograph of Wednesday’s sunrise in Hawaii caught the attention of seasoned photographer Amy Langley from the town of Koloa on the island of Kauai.” read more at wnd.com.

John Ferrentino: Coney Island Memoirs

Coney Island Memoirs – People and Their “Natural” Places

There is something to be said about people and the places they gravitate to.  Typically, these are places that have a calling on our heart.  Whe never really feel quite at home until we get there.  Coney Island, New York was such a place for many.

The Island, originally inhabited by the Native American Lenape people, was called Narrioch (meaning of “land without shadows” or “always in light”).  So it is no wonder that people who grew up with an affinity for the Island came to LIFE!

Boardwalk Buddies
Boardwalk Buddies
Mr.Coney Island
Mr.Coney Island

Lifestyle and portraiture photographer, John Ferrentino, seeks to uncover a hidden personality in his subjects which, while often casually posed, capture an element of candor and surprise. A great deal of such a composition is the result of finding subjects who feel very much at home in their current environment. As if they fell asleep in their favorite easy chair, leaving themselves unguarded and one with their setting.  Simply blending into the fabric of life.  Just like Adam and Eve in the garden – not in the shopping mall! That place that God has destined for us where we can fully experience what He has to offer us in this life. Those frequent patrons of Coney Island enjoyed such a resonance and it is with great pleasure that we honor such individuality in this photo collection.  The beauty of the individual in their natural habitat or what I call “A Fish In Water.”

Lonely Man
Lonely Man
Lady And Roller Coaster
Lady And Roller Coaster
JOHN FERRENTINO – Photographer

Having the sensitivity to find beauty in everything that exists is nothing short of a gift from God. The ability to produce compelling, provocative and beautiful images of all that is around us is a true testament to divine guidance.

I see the extraordinary and the uniqueness in each and every one of my subjects. My commitment is to share a poignant moment with a familiar stranger, letting them become the star! But GOD, in them, is the real STAR and now my gift to them now becomes their gift to me. That mutual appreciation and trust I gain from these amazing, sculpted beings is how I see through God’S eyes.

Photographing Gianni
Photographing Gianni
Beach Friends
Beach Friends
Bench Wake
Bench Wake
Tatoo Artist And Branch
Tatoo Artist And Branch

Closeups Of God’s Creation

The Scriptures say “No one has seen God.” So, how do we photograph God?  I believe that we can photograph God by seeing God through God’s eyes.  For example, to see images upside-down or inverted requires the aid of mirrors.  Similarly, examining the details of objects in space or the molecular structure of life is impossible without the aid of a telescope or microscope. In either case, our eyes alone are not sufficient.  So – I believe that we can get photos of God if we have the aid of God’s own eyes.  When we learn to see the world and all its creation through God’s eyes (the way God intended), we can’t help but fall to our knees in absolute amazement.  When we extend our attention span to a near meditative state and freeze a frame of God’s creation in the lens of a camera, we h
ave an opportunity to see through God’s eyes.

The Itsy Bitsy SpriderPhotos that close in on the most finite details of creation or those that are emotionally inspiring because they connect with the heart are what I call “Close Ups” of God.  Abstract and inspirational photos touch our deeper creation. They trigger a chemical combustion in the brain that stimulates both our curiosity and imagination.  Details are the “spices of life” and are generally taken for granted while having the most to offer. Often, these abstracts enlighten us. Give us a new and truer meaning or significance to something that we have neglected, minimized or ignored. I recently watched a spider spin its web close up for about an hour and what I learned is that spiders are not scary, disgusting, or dangerous…  But Miraculous!