Edward Steichen once said that ‘photography [as an art form] was born perfect’, and he was correct. The camera will capture on film what ever the lens is pointed at when the shutter goes off. But the actual end result is something else, something inexplicable – a fusion of what the camera saw and what the photographer felt. Now, this isn’t always necessarily the case, but it can be, if, as John Szarkowski once said, “…one looks with enough intelligence, and with enough wit, and with enough precise enough intuition.” at the surroundings they wish to photograph.
Light is an amazing phenomenon, and the camera is a phenomenal device for capturing light. Joel Meyerowitz describes the camera as a machine that can chip away at time in ‘fraction of a second’ increments. What a wonderful thought, a machine that can freeze time, and store it forever for us to look at and enjoy whenever we choose to. It truly is a time machine.
In John 8:12, Jesus said: “I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” – A very profound statement, and only one of the many references about light in The Bible.
Just as the film in a camera captures light to be enjoyed later, WE must be the medium to capture ‘The Light of the World’ so that we can enjoy it for eternity.