Visual Ministry


Something about the process of capturing, editing, printing, and viewing images often leads me to think beyond the subject itself, to search what other meanings might be suggested by the subject matter, the lighting, the mood, or arrangement of items in the composition. When the process is internal, I think of it as offering visual queries. Sometimes, when I hang prints in the meetinghouse for others to see, I imagine the process as being visual ministry.

"Fern Fall" -- photo of fernsAs I was getting these images ready for Western Friend, what came to me as topics to consider were: Transformation, Inner Light, Worship/Prayer, Discernment, Silence, Reflection, Source/Destination, Transitions, Peace, Faith, Openings, Determination, Insight, Courage, Beginnings/Endings, Inspiration.

Experiment with what comes to you.  ~~~

Chris Willard has been photographing the landscape for more than fifty years. He worked thirty-six years as a photographer for a large healthcare system in the South Puget Sound area. He is a member of Tacoma Friends Meeting (NPYM).

All photos with this article are by Chris Willard.

"Second Beach Sunrise" -- photo of beach

"Mt. Adams, Cloud Reflections" -- photo of mountain and lake

"Leaf Spirits" -- photo of dried leaves

"Beach Tree" -- photo of a single tree on a tall rock

"Icicle Creek" - photo of ice on rocks

"Bearded Iris" -- photo of iris

"Ghost Ranch Window" -- photo of reflections in a window

"Pistol River Sea Stacks" -- photo of large rocks on beach

"Prairie Clouds" -- photo of clouds

"Delicate Arch" -- photo of desert rock formations

"Reed Designs" - photos of reeds in water and reflections

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