Description : "Photograph God: Creating a Spiritual Blog of Your Life" is an adventuresome book that develops conceptual and practical tools for creatively photographing God as divine light reflected from every facet of life. It teaches how to weave these photos of God into a blog that draws on the wisdom of kabbalah in a networked world to craft a vibrant dialogue between the blogger's story and the biblical narrative. An exemplary spiritual blog http: //bibleblogyourlife.blogspot.com demonstrates innovative ways to enhance the photos with text for dissemination worldwide through the blogosphere and Twitterverse.
Description : Before Diedre McAlister's mother dies, she gives her daughter an old photograph and says: "Find yourself. Find your truth. Just don't expect it to be what you thought it would be." The truth will shake up Diedre's world, threaten lives, challenge her faith-and quite possibly save her life.
Description : What does a clock or calendar, a map, a newspaper or bandage, a set of measuring cups or a basket have to do with prayer? Kathleen Finley not only tells about how to pray with all our senses, but also shows us how, using Scripture as well as factual information about a wide variety of everyday objects, to help us take seriously how everything has the potential to be holy in light of Jesus' incarnation. If folding your hands and closing your eyes doesn't always work for you as a posture of prayer, this excursion into new possibilities for prayer may be for you.
Description : The topic of this exhibition and catalog is the angel, but more important the way the angel is represented. The image of the angel has varied with the changing times and stylistic and cultural spheres but, at the same time, it has remained essentially unchanged and charged with a particular fascination that transcends fashions and styles.
Description : Jennifer Mast's homecoming was anything but joyous. With the untimely death of her parents, she is forced to put college graduation off and take over the family business in the small tourist town of her childhood. The reputation of her father's frame shop, The Master's Shop, encourages Jennifer to keep up the family name and tradition. Despite missing her family, she throws herself into her work, perfecting the matting and framing techniques her father taught her years earlier. Preparing for the tourist season leaves little time to grieve or relax, and Jennifer comes out of her safe haven only to notice a new photographer in town-Brent Hamblin. His eagerness to learn of her family history has Jennifer initially impressed. But once a much cherished photograph of her grandfather's cabin goes missing, Jennifer wonders if maybe her new acquaintance is actually too good to be true.
Description : These extraordinary poems and the accompanying visual presences will haunt their way into the reader's heart and linger until compassion resides there, and knowledge, and healing. This is poetry as meditation, meditation as prayer, prayer as an act of resistance. Ms. Alston-Nero begins with the three million year-old bones of Dinkanesh, discovered in Ethiopia in 1974; enters into the ancestral world of the African Burial Ground in Manhattan; unearths ancestors in the songs of Nina Simone; and, finally, allows a poetic exchange between the enslaved ancestors and the world of our today. Kiss Me creates an imperative to understand the present by deeply listening and bearing witness to the past.These are poems of reclamation that stand upright with ancient eyes proclaiming, "We survived the past, we will live to see eternity.""If our Black history and culture were garnished with the poetic imagery and metaphors that resonate in Stephanie Alston-Nero's poetry, we would all be better teachers and students. At the core of this remarkable book is an impressive use of language, a deft orchestration of voices, and let us hope that the shapes of the poems remain upon publication." -Herb Boyd, author of Baldwin's Harlem"Stephanie Alston-Nero creates a textured homage, an evocative narrative to the ancestors, conferring dignity and elegance upon their spirits." -Erika DeRuth, author of Yoruba Girls in Crinoline Dresses"These poems are dissonant, sharp and brilliant. No happy slave lives in these poems. They moan and chant up the ghosts of our collective past. Alston-Nero synthesizes image, historical fact and race memory to arrive at poems that offer a fresh and much needed retelling of American Slavery. She is unafraid to enter the burial ground, whipping post or hanging tree to rescue stories and the humanity of our slave ancestors. She casts an unflinching eye upon the lives of slaves and their contemporary descendents. It is a necessary read for generations to come." -Jacqueline Johnson, author of A Gathering of Mother Tongues
Description : Kim left for a vacation in Paris with the singular hope that she would not pass out on the banks of the Seine from a migraine headache. This fear emphasized the fact that even during the best times of life—like a trip to Paris—we need God by our side. In this series of devotions, the reader travels through Paris with the author on her vacation and her journey of faith. Six days are spent exploring some of the city’s lesser known sites in anticipation of meeting up with her daughter for another three days of sightseeing. Together reader and author become familiar with the fascinating history and culture of the city of Paris. Certain moments stand out above all others from the vacation. They are more intense, or more amusing, sometimes more embarrassing, or even more fearful. Kim has written about these moments, developed them around the sights and history of Paris, wrapped them in Scripture turned them into The French Collection.
Description : Developing a Photograph of God by Robert S. King is a wonderfully cohesive and morally serious examination of the topic he evokes in the poem When the Road Curves Back "to find out why I'm here." This collection engages the 'dark night of the soul' and the presumptions of optimism; that life has meaning as King says in the last poem "that my small telescope can pull both past/and future back to show me how far/the curious soul has traveled." With a maturity of vision and a language drenched in lyric, King leaves us with remarkable images such as "Serpents of rain/ puzzle of noise and clumsy dance." "the places/where regret nags, dreams freeze and hope crackles down in fire" and "Smell the feathers of the angels burning." These poems, intimate and agonized, swinging between the horns of hope and despair, shed illumination on the grave and haunting philosophical questions. Joan Colby, author of Joan Colby: Selected Poems and other collections"
Description : The iPhone camera is a sophisticated device. It has compelled millions of people worldwide to take a new or renewed interest in photography. Let’s face it: most of us now have a tiny yet highly competent camera in a pocket or purse at all times these days, and we use it to grab shots of people, places, and things more and more often as the technology improves—and you know what? We’re largely pleased with those captures. If you’re a SERIOUS photographer, you may be wondering just how much mileage you can get out of your “simple,” ever-ready iPhone camera. Well, the answer may surprise you. In this book, Michael Fagans deconstructs photos taken in 60 scenarios—with a diverse array of subjects, in changing lighting conditions, in places that present unique challenges—showing you how to use solid, traditional photographic techniques to create great shots. Yes, Fagans will teach you the basics of creating a great photo. But there’s far more: He’ll show you that an iPhone, with the aid of apps, can mimic looks achieved by vintage cameras, a range of lenses, and countless filters. In this book, Fagans teaches you how to use free and low-cost apps and Instagram options to create (or, rather, re-create) beloved vintage-photo effects that you’d achieve with the Holga (a plastic vintage camera known for its unexpected lens distortion) and medium-format-camera looks. You’ll learn how to choose and use digital lenses, filters, and effects—and combine and re-combine them–to intensify color and contrast, de-saturate color, introduce lens aberrations, play with the grain and color cast in the image, and much, much more. What to emulate the look of vintage film stock to create a photo with an aged, time-worn feel? No problem. Want to introduce a little focusing inaccuracy for effect? Easily done. Want to do these things AND use traditional, professional artificial lighting sources (think a large softbox), a professional image-editing platform (Photoshop), and really refine your message while pulling out all the stops? Fagans shows you how. The deconstruction of the images in this book makes it worth the price of admission. Still, however, there is far more: Fagans is a photographer’s photographer. The book is peppered with inspiring quotes from Ansel Adams, Minor White, and countless other photographic visionaries that speak to the heart of photography.