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Friday, September 28, 2007

This week at IPS was challenging to me, not only in the area of photography, but in the life applications that were taught each morning. I learned so much by the stories that the instructors told of how God changed their lives. They helped me see the world through God’s perspective and to be grateful for the challenges God sends my way. The instructors are incredibly amazing. I wouldn’t change this experience for the world.

—Prizewinning Photography Student Kaye McDaniel

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Picture of the Day

Picture of the Day

By Nicole Cromer

 

Contest Winner

Green Contest Winner

By Lydia Takeoka

 

Contest Winner

Hands Contest Winner

By Carole Hartzog

 

Contest Winner

Pattern Contest Winner

By Tiffany Flory

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

I saw someone’s soul today. No, it wasn’t through the lens of a camera, or a moment of insight that quickly passed: it was shown purposely to me.

This morning the whole IPS photography class went to Starbucks to start our day. (Our line stretched out the door.) Well I got my drink from the barista and headed outside the crowded store to enjoy my coffee. On the patio, I looked around trying to find a seat and took a good look at the people are ready seated.

The first I saw was a athletic looking man seated with a newborn baby strapped to his chest with two dogs laying comfortably at his feet. I wanted to sit at another table because I “disapproved” of the gold necklaces around his neck with the ear piercing. He looked up at me and offered me a chair, and because there was no other convenient place to sit, I decided to be “nice” and accept.

As I sat down one of his dogs came up to me and I having dogs of my own gave some attention. He smiled and was polite calling the dog back. I asked what type of dog he was, he told me, and I told him I had dogs of my own. I asked what his daughters name was he replied “Zoe.” I responded, “Wow! That means ‘Life!'” He smiled a knowing smile.

I asked if this was his first child he said “Yes.” During the next 20 minutes he totally opened up and told me that his wife had died during the pregnancy. He said with deep emotion and hushed bitterness that it was from a brain tumor. His bitterness pointed to the ignorant doctors that diagnosed her with a severe sinus infection. She was on life support until the baby was delivered. His eyes showed deep emotion and admiration as he smoothed the hair of his sleeping little girl.

“You’re really blessed to have her,” I said. He agreed and replied that he was so amazed that at how big she had gotten. “She is defiantly a miracle” he concluded. I was surprise at his view of life, but dumb founded when he followed this up with the statement, “Everything happens for a reason.” This is where God boggled my mind with this non-Christian who throughout the whole conversation had a strong understanding of the value of life, how short it was, and that if could be taken away.

He was used by God to show me that I wasn’t just here in Dallas, Texas, taking a photography course simply because I wanted to, or even at Starbucks because of some chance in interest on my part—God has brought me here. Right then, at that moment, He took me to a coffee shop so that I could talk to this man. And the amazing thing is, I almost missed this opportunity to talk about life—to see God’s heart through this man-because I almost chose to judge another person based only on his appearance.

—Prizewinning Photography Student Lydia Thornton

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Picture of the Day

Picture of the Day

By Lydia Takeoka

 

Contest Winner

Happy Contest Winner

By Sarah Danaher

 

Contest Winner

Red Contest Winner

By Katie Jeffery

 

Runner Up

Red Runner Up

By Celia Anderson

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Today is Wednesday, our third full day of Prizewinning Photography. We have learned so many different things about photography in the last few days, and there is still much to learn! It would be impossible for anyone not to have been influenced by the contagious joy of our instructors, by their passion for photography, and their love for God. I personally can’t wait for the day when I will be an “unconsciously competent” photographer!

This morning, written on the front of a card from my sister was the following poem:

  And So God Speaks

  Have you stood entranced by the dazzling sight
  Of a perfect rose, bathed in morning light,
  And felt that only an artist rare
  Could paint the loveliness growing there?

  And then, dear friend, did your heart whisper low
  That this fragrant rose with it’s heavenly glow
  Was part of God’s handiwork, part of His plan
  To speak through the beauty of nature to man?

I thought about what we laerned about photography being the art of communicating visually. God has filled this world with beautiful and amazing things which “speak” to us about the Creator. God truly is the Master of visual communication.

This evening Christina asked us what made us different from any other photographer? Her answer for that question was that we are Christian photographers. If we ask God for His perspective and get over ourselves, God will use our pictures to allow people to see things He wants them to see. What a blessing, that God would use me as a photographer to change the way another person sees life!

This week we have been learning how to use the cameras which we hold in our hands as powerful tools for communicating, and today I was reminded that I can only be useful if I am in the hands of the All-Powerful Creator and Lord of this Universe for Him to do with whatever He chooses.

—Prizewinning Photography Student Chenoa Casamayor

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