Still my heart, hold me close
Let me hear, a still small voice
Let it grow, let it rise
Into a shout, into a cry
I am restless, I'm restless
'Til I rest in You, let me rest in You
And I am restless, so restless
'Til I rest in You, 'til I rest in You,
Oh God, let me rest in You
"Restless" - Audrey Assad
Friday morning began in the dark.
A groggy caravan of creatives, headlamps lighting our way through the heavy fog, arrived on the shores of Lake Louise. Many of us had little to no sleep but I, for one, was more emotionally exhausted than any physical limitations I was feeling.
And this foggy morning, as I fought my own restless spirit, I found myself loving the metaphors in my surroundings - could God have ordered this up, just for me? (This is feeling very reminiscent!) I was immediately drawn to the light on the boathouse that cut through the darkness, calling me out of my own fogginess. It was breathtaking.
The fog continued to roll in and out - utterly delicious. I cathartically made my images as I explored the lakeshore and embraced the dawn of this new day.
One of the reasons that I love photographing the outside world is the perspective it gives me. I feel like nature just might be God's gift to us, to remind us who we are - to point us right to Him. And when I consider who I am in light of this Great God, everything is as it should be. It is then that I am grateful, peaceful, content... Since I am so easily distracted I am eager to put myself in the midst of the great outdoors as often as possible! (And on that note it's time to get off the computer and step outside. Below are a few images of my outdoor adventures this past week.)
I'm trying to work things out
I'm trying to comprehend
Am I the chance result
Of some great accident
I hear a rhythm call me
The echo of a grand design
I spend each night in the backyard
Staring up at the stars in the sky
Maybe this was made for me
For lying on my back in the middle of a field
Maybe that's a selfish thought
Or maybe there's a loving God
Sara Groves - "Maybe There's A Loving God"
Note: The previous video I embedded had resorted to a rough draft so here is a direct link to see the accurate video!
As I mentioned in my previous post, I have been planning and anticipating some night photography opportunities - one venture being a study in long exposures using the moving lights of carnival rides as my subjects. I am eagerly awaiting the next time "Sustainival" comes to town, as I have more ideas to execute! (I think I need to advocate for carnivals, fire dancers and fireworks displays every weekend - it's all so fun! Although, I imagine we may take it for granted then, wouldn't we?)
The majority of my night photography adventures have been sparked by our photography club's upcoming exhibit theme, "Night Shift: Photography From Dawn Until Dusk". I love a new goal as it lights a fire under you to get creating! I have really fallen in love with creating images after the sun sets. It's a totally different world and a whole new skill set to hone - the spark has been fanned into flame and I'm hooked!
If you have the opportunity, check out our exhibit this month, starting with the opening night next Thursday, October 9th. I am excited to see what images have been created by other club members who have sacrificed warmth and sleep to explore the world after dark!