This & That

I initially thought about entitling this post as Whatever Comes To Mind, but I’ve used This & That before, so I decided to keep alive the practice of repeating titles, over and over and over and over again.

Now I am repeating, what I repeat.

I was driving in my car the other day, and as I do once or twice a year, I took out a music CD and popped it in the player. The CD I listened to was a Sinatra album recorded live in Vegas when he was 50 years old. He of course has long passed.

Now for anyone reading this who has been with me a while, you might be saying, Sinatra? I thought you are all about hard rock and country. You know, Led Zeppelin or Merle Haggard. Actually I love romantically targeted “saloon music”! There is also some bluegrass that I have listened to, as well as bebop rock from a million years ago, folk, the blues, and for sure, today some Christian music, occasionally hymn style, but often personalized songs written by Christians.

For me, variety has always been the spice of life.

My favorite song on that Sinatra album, is a romantic, or better said a lost romance number, called The Shadow of Your Smile. Like any sap listening to a “lost romance” song“ with powerful lyrics and sung by a classic saloon singer, I get sentimental about lost romances, and even smiles. Yep, shadows too.

As a photographer, I remember distinctly, various shadows that enhanced an image. Those that one might think would ruin the picture, but to my eyes, made the picture special. More than just another image.

Shadows can obscure, they can promote, they can blend and they can fade. They can be your friend or your enemy. It’s all in how you see it, and how you use it.

When it comes to photography, variety, at least variety within areas that can carry interest for me, be it subject or mood, has always been my first love.

All God’s creatures, including mammals, birds, reptiles and insects, deserve our attention as photographers.

He said, let there be light.

Light can surely be what makes a photo. Of course, the absence of light means the absence of an image. Below is the legendary (and rightfully so), Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah

Oh that light.

Romans 8:1-2
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life, has set you free from the law of sin and death.

The above verse does not mean that your body will not crumble and die someday. It speaks of a soul that will live on, at the side of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Someone has taken your penalty and your beating for you, so your soul can live forever!

May God Bless,

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