I was feeling a little without focus—in my work and as a person. I had forgotten my motivations and, in effect, had lost sight of my goals. Then I came across a quote from one of my grestest heroes.
“There were two things I wanted to do.
I wanted to show the things that had to be corrected.
I wanted to show the things that had to be appreciated.”
— Lewis Hine
Hine's brief but eloquent statement so accurately encompasses the two greatest hopes I have for my work as a photographer, an artist and a journalist.
First, I seek to show the things that have to be corrected.
Proverbs 31:8-9 says,"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice."
This is the root of my desire to call attention to injustice and violence and hopelessness, to help those who are suffering by making their voice heard. The first step to making a change is breaking the silence.
Next, I want to show the things that need to be appreciated
Romans 1:20 says, "For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God."
I believe that there is evidence of God's love and reflections of his character—his power, his mercy, his infinite artistry—throughout his Creation. It's in the grandeur of the mountains and in the intricacy of caverns hidden below. It's in the gentleness of a curious fawn and in the joy of a family's sweet embrace. It's wherever you look for it, really. I hope that if I point to the beauty of Creation often enough, people will eventually see the beauty of the Creator.