“Breathe” has been the main image on my website for some time now. It was the key image for the series, “Hands That Worship,” a project that visually portrayed worship songs on the Michael W. Smith CD “Worship.” I put it on my website without copyright or metadata, a mistake I’m trying to correct with all new images. Breathe has been used by MANY blogs and websites for a host of different uses and meanings. I’ve only been asked once for permission to use it however. Go ahead and google “breathe” and look at images; it should come up near the top of the list.

A friend posed for this. It was captured on black and white film with my Nikon N80. I developed the film, then scanned it and printed it digitally. I was using 250 watt bulbs for lighting and got the focus and depth of field just right on this image. I was trying to get the effect of someone breathing life, using hands to channel the breath forward.

The lyrics to the song, “Breathe” include: “Your holy presence, living in me.” That is the subtitle of this image.

Easter Seals Photo Exhibit

The invitations are in the mail to the exhibit opening October 26.  I’ve known for a few weeks, but couldn’t tell you – my portraits from the Photo Journalism class were chosen for the lead/invite for the exhibit!  I’m so excited!

This exhibit partners COD with Easter Seals – student photographers are assigned a child who receives services from Easter Seals.  We meet with the family, get to know the child and capture photographs that reveal the story and the accomplishments of these special children.  For the class, we do a photo documentary story with captions and a slide show with audio that tells the story.  All photographs are juried and one from each student is chosen for a 24×30 canvas print to be on display at Easter Seals.  In addition, one photo is chosen as the lead for the invitation – for this year, the photo I took.

The exhibit opening on October 26 at 6:00 PM is attended by the families, the staff, the photographers, friends and more.  During the year, Easter Seals is able to use all the photos that were submitted for publicity, giving photo credit.  It is a WIN-WIN for all of us.

Here is the photo that will be on display and the invite that just got mailed: