I like to shoot Man as a matter of preference. Man, being
made in the image of God, makes interesting subject. I can easily relate to this subject (because I am a man.) So I do street
photography, portraits and people.
Yet once in while I will try to shoot something else. For instance nature landscape. I'm usually not interested in shooting nature
because a lot of times it is devoid of human element. The Dutch painters understood this. They may paint a landscape or seascape, and
even though there may not be a person in the painting, you know that there is
human activity. For example, we see a
landscape with a house on it – we know that somebody is using that house. Or perhaps we see a shipyard - we know that
the boat is used by fishermen. Dutch
painters understood Man as an integral part of creation. Man is the centerpiece of God’s
creation. There is dignity in Man even
though he is fallen because he is created in God’s image. The Dutch Painters were obviously Calvinists.
On some of the colored photos that I’ve taken, people have
come to me and commented that my choice of colors is uniquely bold. My secret?
I’m partially color blind. So really I have a different way of looking at
things [compared to what normal people see (i.e. those with normal vision].
This was our Easter lunch menu: grilled flank steak, flat
bread, and mango/strawberry salad. We
had Tenuta del Fant's moscato d'asti wine as a starter, followed by Louis M
Martini's cabernet sauvignon to wash down the meat. Well, that's the order of Rose's drinking; I
may have drank it the other way or done some combination gulps of asti and
cabernet. No dessert so in search of
sweets, we ended up eating a chunk of the chocolate bar we bought from Avila,
Spain which was intended for hot chocolate drinks. Weather is warm now so the chocolate was
better eaten as dessert instead of being drank as a hot drink. Trying top it, I smoked a Cuban Trinidad
corona, which had burn issues. As Keith
Richards once said in his Whiskey-infused cockney accent, "ya c'aint
aw-ways git wot ya wont-uh." But overall, we had a good lunch and two good
sermons on the resurrection for the day. It was indeed a blessed Easter day. Hope yours was too.
Rob: It is interesting to note that man - being made in the image of God - has the capacity to create. Whether it’s music, visual art, or architecture, Man has the mental and physical ability to create and put things together and call these things whatever he wants.
Juzno: Ah, yes. Creativity is one of those attributes that distinguishes Man from other creatures.
Rob: Yet art is marginalized both by Christians and the secular world. Why is that?
Juzno: I think Art is marginalized because of people’s flawed understanding of art. Art is seen either just a hobby, an entertainment or even a matter of personal preference.
Rob: Yet art permeates culture.
Juzno: Yes, art is everywhere – in magazine ads, billboards, in clothing, television, music.
Rob: Since this is the case, shouldn’t we be concerned about what art is doing to culture?
Art is a medium to communicate to the viewer a selective reality based on the artist’s observation or perception –this is what the artist sees, and understanding of reality – this is what the artist knows.