We receive the light, then we impart it. Thus we repair the world.

I’m reading God Is at Eye Level, Photography as a Healing Art by Jan Phillips. I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve had the book for quite awhile (years) but had previously only skimmed it. The author says:

“The real thing about photography is that it brings you home to yourself, connects you to what fulfills your deepest longings. I like to think that, wherever I look, God is right there in the image I see through the lens. There’s something holy about this work, something transforming in this search for the light. Like the pilgrim’s journey, it’s heaven all the way.”

Have you read this book or any others that are concerned with the spiritual in photography like Chris Orwig’s Visual Poetry: A Creative Guide for Making Engaging Digital Photographs or Tao of Photography: Seeing Beyond Seeing by Philippe Gross and S.I. Shapiro?

In the past, I’ve read Robert Adams (Beauty in Photography and Why People Photograph) and John Berger (Ways of Seeing and Another Way of Telling) and those books are very interesting but are a little more theoretical than I’m looking for right now.


8 thoughts on “Split

  1. Perhaps I should read something about this… I always have books lying about that are years old too… I just finished Alexander and his Time and by the time I finished reading I felt like hitting myself with a hammer… Did learn a few things though….


  2. A beautiful image. I’ve not read in any photography book I specifically aimed at the spiritual side of what we do. Very interesting titles.


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