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Within Walking Distance

I came across this sweet girl back in October on a walk through a nearby neighborhood. She wasn’t chained, thank goodness, but she’s definitely had many litters of puppies. She was gentle and kind, and had free roam of her neighborhood streets. I left wishing I could see her mothering at work, as I knew she had to be a great one.

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Within Walking Distance is a series which will highlight what I come across as I venture out into God’s creation. The series challenges me to find inspiration close by, as travel is not always possible. More importantly, through my photography I will become a  witness to His splendor as well as to what we’ve done with it. These photos will represent the environment that God has placed me in – reality rather than grandeur – but instead of illustrating the mundane, I intend to make plain the Creator.

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Within Walking Distance

A life alone on a chain is a sad life indeed.CJT_2534c


 

Within Walking Distance is a series which will highlight what I come across as I venture out into God’s creation. The series challenges me to find inspiration close by, as travel is not always possible. More importantly, through my photography I will become a  witness to His splendor as well as to what we’ve done with it. These photos will represent the environment that God has placed me in – reality rather than grandeur – but instead of illustrating the mundane, I intend to make plain the Creator.

Within Walking Distance

This series has been very refreshing for me. As a mother and wife, it is difficult for me to venture to the places that, photographically, create iconic images. What do I mean by iconic images? Take a look at the work of John Steele, who lives in Seoul. If I had the time and resources, perhaps I too could take photos like his; I live only an hour and a half away. Alas, photographing landscapes and cityscapes as John does is beyond my reach.

By aspiring to photograph the iconic without the talent, time or resources to do so,  I’ve allowed myself to stagnate. Within Walking Distance challenges me to find inspiration close by. Do you find yourself in the same situation? Pick up your camera and walk out the front door!

The photos below were taken last night from a pedestrian bridge just down the road. The streets may not be of Seoul, but they are nonetheless beautiful to me!

In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9


 

Within Walking Distance is a series which will highlight what I come across as I venture out into God’s creation. The series challenges me to find inspiration close by, as travel is not always possible. More importantly, through my photography I will become a  witness to His splendor as well as to what we’ve done with it. These photos will represent the environment that God has placed me in – reality rather than grandeur – but instead of illustrating the mundane, I intend to make plain the Creator.

Within Walking Distance

Those living far away fear our wonders; where morning dawns and evening fades you call forth songs of joy. Psalm 65:8

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My Bible provides a bit of clarification on this verse. It says that God’s Old Testament people primarily came from a specifically chosen ethnic group. Some outsiders joined them in their faith (like Ruth, for example), but the Israelites didn’t issue blanket invitations. Nevertheless, they recognized that God’s love extended to people over the horizon. His care for the earth, so beautifully described in this passage, called for a response everywhere, not just in Israel.


Within Walking Distance is a series which will highlight what I come across as I venture out into God’s creation. Through my photography, I will become a  witness to His splendor as well as to what we’ve done with it. These photos will represent the environment that God has placed me in – reality rather than grandeur – but instead of illustrating the mundane, I intend to make plain the Creator.

Within Walking Distance

Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” Genesis 1:29CJT_5685cI took this photo last night as the sun was setting and the rain drizzled down. Thanks to God for His creation and that I can be a witness to it!


Within Walking Distance is a series which will highlight what I come across as I venture out into God’s creation. Through my photography, I will become a  witness to His splendor as well as to what we’ve done with it. These photos will represent the environment that God has placed me in – reality rather than grandeur – but instead of illustrating the mundane, I intend to make plain the Creator.

Within Walking Distance

CJT_4250cA portion of the letter Paul wrote to the people in Thessalonia:

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow. For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:6-10


Within Walking Distance is a series which will highlight what I come across as I venture out into God’s creation. Through my photography, I will become a  witness to His splendor as well as to what we’ve done with it. These photos will represent the environment that God has placed me in – reality rather than grandeur – but instead of illustrating the mundane, I intend to make plain the Creator.

Within Walking Distance

Although I’ve always enjoyed taking pictures, from about 2010 to 2014 I’d lost the motivation to pick up my camera. The landscape that surrounded me seemed dull and very little inspired me. Previously, I hardly went anywhere without my camera, but over time, it stayed home while I lived my day-to-day life until eventually, I no longer took photos of anything that my cell phone could not capture.

And then we moved to South Korea in the fall of 2014.

Suddenly I was surrounded by a whole new environment and culture. Everything was new and thrilling. I found inspiration everywhere, including my own neighborhood, from the strange green fences instead of white picket ones, to the fields of rice patties and the Korean people who worked them day in and day out.

While out for a walk one day, I came to the realization that it wasn’t my environment in the States that became dull: it was my own eyes. Like trying to see through cataracts, my perception of the world around me had become cloudy. I had failed to see that inspiration is everywhere; God sees to that. His world is perfectly made, and each day that I put on my tennis shoes to go out and explore this new world I’m amazed at the wonder of it all. Sometimes I find tiny bugs, alive and busily performing their small, but important jobs. Other times I find people working or playing or relaxing within the environment that God has placed them in. There are mornings when I find the landscape lit in the glow of the rising sun and it takes my breath away. And then there are the times when I come across either the filth or the amazing creations that we create as we use the earth that God has bestowed upon us to rule. In every way, each day has become my realization that God is everywhere, and we should give thanks to Him for being able to partake in it.

We’ve all seen the beauty of God’s splendor through the lens of the photographer greats: the national parks of America through the eyes of Ansel Adams or the Grand Canyon via Adam Schallu for example. Taking the whole world into consideration, the photographic possibilities to highlight God’s wonder are endless, but for the majority of us, these great photos and the places where they were taken seem out of reach: beautiful but fleeting, something we would never be a witness to ourselves.

For this reason, I’ve decided to start a series on this blog entitled “Within Walking Distance,” which will highlight what I come across as I venture out into God’s creation. Through my photography, I will become a  witness to His splendor as well as to what we’ve done with it. These photos will represent the environment that God has placed me in – reality rather than grandeur – but instead of illustrating the mundane, I intend to make plain the Creator.

For my first post, I’d like to begin with this image of a motorcycle in a pear orchard, which I happened across only five minutes from my home. Since my arrival in Korea, I’d been wanting to photograph the pear orchards that dot my hometown, but for the life of me, I could never find just the right angle. It’s been nine months, but I finally captured a photo of the orchard that shows the intimacy of these beautiful, man-made creations. God gave us the pear tree. We harvest the seeds and plant them in rows for bulk sale.CJT_4052c

In my neighborhood, the growers plant orchards only large enough for a family to handle. Each pear is carefully protected with a paper wrapper, which the growers place on the fruit one by one. It’s a full-time job, and they take great pride in it. CJT_3782c

The motorcycle is an everyday site, one of their preferred methods of transportation from home to orchard, rice patty or garden. To see one in the orchard seems unusual, but when I think about it, makes sense: practicality surrounded by simple beauty.

In our everyday lives, we concern ourselves with the doing of things for a particular purpose: an end goal. We are constantly on the move, hunting for the next dollar or the next possession. These objectives seem practical from a human perspective, but in the constant pursuit, we tend to overlook the created environment within which we are encircled.

We can find the beauty that surrounds our practical lives, if only we look in the right direction.