I started taking pictures because I was outnumbered.
Life with boys is wonderful but when four minds start congregating around a football team’s line-up for the eighth time in 24 hours, it’s time for a lady’s getaway. Behind the camera is a great place for estrogen to escape. Plus, someone needs to document all these places we have been.
One of the things I love about photography is that in the right light even an amateur gets a couple of good ones. Good equipment combined with sheer volume and great subject material has led me to more than a few keepers. The wild card now is getting those keepers moved into clouds and drives and scrapbooks and places of safety. (Or so my administrator gently advises.)
A new thing I’m discovering about photography is that I sometimes catch a moment I don’t realize is a moment until later. Like last night, I was reading Psalm 91:9-15:
“Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling-place, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder, the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot. Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honour them.”
As I read this, my mind jumped to this photo I snapped last week. I didn’t think much of it when I took the photo or even viewed it later but I saw something else in it when I read this passage. It visually connected me to God’s promise to cocoon us with angels when danger is below our feet. That even though we see it’s a long way down and it causes us to tip-toe gingerly, we need not fear. He's got us.
I still don’t know how much I really understand this Scripture, but I do think the latergram moved me an inch closer. The opportunity to catch an unfolding moment for future absorption is as good a reason as any to be behind a camera.
Here's some more photos from our trip to London. Not all of them have a story (yet.)
The Natural History Museum.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
London football. (Colin, the Liverpool fan, checking out the Chelsea and Arsenal competition.)
Norwegian friends in London!
A week's wrap up of dining out in London coming up in later post ...