At our staff retreat last Thursday I shared some thoughts about “stones of remembrance” and suggested that the point is REMEMBERING and not the stones. I have some stuff I’ve collected hither and yon that serve more as stones than souvenirs. The difference? A souvenir reminds me of something I’ve done or seen — that is, something I’ve accomplished or experienced. A stone reminds me of who God is and what He has done. Stones point to God.
I was thinking this morning that photography, for me as it might be for you, is a way of both remembering the stuff of life (who was at an event, what happened, where I’ve been, how big the plant was when I put it in the ground, and other such information) as well as a way of participating in life.
I see differently when I look through a camera lens with an eye to create an image that more accurately remembers something. Photography is a way that I cultivate and create in my living and, when I am co-creating with God intentionally, those images can sometimes be stones too.
While I might be able to create better images with a more complex camera and other equipment (I’m sure of it, in fact), it does not require all the bells and whistles. My simple digital point and shoot does well to help me see and remember.