Some rules have exceptions. Especially rules you create.
I had every intention on having 10 great photographs to document my recent trip to Madagascar. But, I came across a huge problem. I can’t narrow my photos down to 10. I tried. It was physically painful to do. I started getting sweaty palms and anxious. I actually had to walk around my office to calm down a bit.
I know, I know, they are only photos, right? Wrong.
If you’ve ever created something – a drawing, a photograph, a song, a painting, a sculpture, a bonsai tree, a finger painting, whatever – you get attached to it. I love photography and more importantly, I love my photography. My photos are a documentary on where I’ve been and beautiful moments I’ve captured. These are things I have been truly blessed to experience. Being on the mission field is both an obligation and a privilege. I don’t have great physical abilities and I have a very limited number of spiritual gifts. But, I do have the ability to share pieces of the world with others through photography. I’ve come to realize that photography is a form of worshipping God. What better way is there to praise the Creator than to preserve His creation with images?
Back to my story. I wanted 10 photos. I had 600 to go through. I went through a refining process where I label each photo on a scale of 1-3 stars. 1s get filed away, 2s get edited, 3s get some special attention and some of those make it in to a frame. My challenge was to narrow down 600 photos to just 10 that accomplished the following things: 1) communicated beauty, 2) shared culture and 3) told a story.
This trip was special. It was the most remote location I have visited. But, despite its distance from big city life, the city of Mananjary had a thriving Gospel-centered movement going on. My team and I had a chance to share the Gospel with over 50 people, sit across from a village king, get beat at basketball by barefoot teenagers, dine with a pastor who was healed after 10 years of sickness, pray for a grandmother who lost four family members in six months and swim in the Indian Ocean.
After all those experiences 10 photos wasn’t going to happen. But, these are my rules and I can break them (after all, this is my blog.) So, I submit to you my favorite
10 20 photos from my recent trip to Madagascar, Africa.