Little Creations

What would the world look like if you were very, very small?  Here is a look at some of God’s creations from that perspective.

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds. ” And it was so.  The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.   And there was evening, and there was morning —the third day.  Genesis1:11-13

All creatures look to you
to give them their food at the proper time.
When you give it to them,
they gather it up;
when you open your hand,
they are satisfied with good things.
When you hide your face,
they are terrified;
when you take away their breath,
they die and return to the dust.
When you send your Spirit,
they are created,
and you renew the face of the ground.  Psalm 104:27-30

 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.”  Matthew 6:28-29

For this is what the Lord says—
he who created the heavens,
he is God;
he who fashioned and made the earth,
he founded it;
he did not create it to be empty,
but formed it to be inhabited —
he says:
“I am the Lord,
and there is no other.  Isaiah 45:18

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.  Psalm 145:3

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Self-portrait 15

This is the second installment of a special series within my self-portrait project.  You can see the first installment here.

I’ve always loved the different ways water can be captured by photography.  From the softly blurred motion of a waterfall to static droplets frozen in midair, the possibilities are endless.  I have experimented with photographing water by itself, but I’ve also dreamed of photographing people and water interacting with each other.

Since I don’t have willing subjects at my disposal (one of the reasons I started my self-portrait project), I knew that probably the only way I’d get to experiment with this is if I did it all myself.  What I mean by “all” is being both the photographer and the subject, which can be a challenge depending on what you’re trying to achieve.  Y’all get to read more about what went into these photos next week in the third and final installment of this special series.  :)

Self-portrait 14

This is the first of three installments of a special series within my self-portrait project.

In my pre-photography days I stumbled upon The Shower Series by Manjari Sharma.  I remember being amazed at how detailed and intimate the portraits were.  At the time I didn’t have any plans to pursue photography, but I still tucked away the stirring images in my mental file cabinet to save for future inspiration.

Recently I pulled out this inspiration and put it to use.  In no way was I trying to imitate or rip off the subtle beauty of Manjari’s photos.  I simply used them as a starting point from where I put my own style and knowledge to use and created my own unique images.

Over the next couple weeks I’ll share the second and third installments of this series and the story of how they were created.

Self-portrait 13

Quick!  Look!  I have straight hair!  My hair is frizzy and super thick, so this hardly ever happens.  And it goes right back to being a wavy, curly mess as soon as I take a shower.

I really like the lighting and contrast in this photo.  The light source is a window with sheer curtains to diffuse the light.  I like to keep things simple.