Creating and Recreating

Theologians have long debated what it means that humans are made, as the bible states, “in the image of God.”  Does being in his image mean that we have intelligence?  That we have free will?  That we have a spirit?  Yes, yes, and yes.  But it also means that we create.  Although there may be different degrees, there is no such thing as a person who is not creative.

This section focuses on creative expression, especially through writing and photography.  It also looks at recreation, for play is an essential part of life.  Also, when play takes place in nature, we can experience a special bond with the one who made it all.


Incredible Creative Opportunities

Posted on May 11th, 2013 - By Penni L Smith - 0 Comments

This is a wonderful time to be creative. In mid-April, bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and playwright David Mamet announced that he will self-publish his next book. He’s not completely going it alone; this is a service his literary agency is now offering. And he’s not the only big-name writer to go this route. Still, given his literary status, it’s a major step. Why would he do it? He’s not a unknown author sitting around with a stack of rejection slips. He’d have no problem getting his book published. He’s doing it for two main reasons, according to the news reports. One is that he wants more control, and the second is that "nobody ever does the marketing they promise." The rise of the digital age has…

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Through the Looking Glass, Part 2

Posted on Feb 23rd, 2013 - By Penni L Smith - 0 Comments

Last week, we explored how taking just a few seconds to really look at the image before we snap a photo will improve the end results. We can avoid distracting or interfering backgrounds, for one thing. We can also compose a more pleasing and effective shot. Remember, the camera sees and records everything. Your eye sees selectively, noticing the subject and disregarding the rest. You have to actually take a moment to view the image as the camera will. Along with fulling checking out the background, composing the shot well and examining the lighting will help you get the very best results into the image. Fill the Frame As much as possible, get close to your subject. Fill the photo with the object you are trying to capture. I…

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Through the Looking Glass, Part 1

Posted on Feb 16th, 2013 - By Penni L Smith - 2 Comments

We’ve all heard the expression, "I only have eyes for you," meaning that the speaker is blind to everything but the object of his affection (even if that isn’t what the expression actually says, grammatically). Cameras are absolutely not that way. They are truly non-discriminatory, recording everything presented to them, and exactly how those things appear. Your natural tendency is to look at the subject of your photograph. But your camera will see and record everything. To create the best photos possible, you need to train yourself to see as the camera sees, not as the half-blind lover does. This photograph is the only photo I have of my entire family together (I’m the baby). Yet it’s deeply flawed by that pole growing out…

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Are You Creative?

Posted on Feb 9th, 2013 - By Penni L Smith - 0 Comments

Many people underestimate their creativity. Some deny it completely: "Oh, I’m not creative." Others will dismiss or diminish it: "Oh, I just do _____. It’s nothing." We rate what we do, and find it lacking. Creativity, however, is a universal trait, part of what makes us human. We often have a narrow definition of what creativity means. The creative people are the artists and authors and musicians; maybe a few other categories. Yet there are so very many ways to be creative. And face it–is there any one of us who has not danced around the room when no one else was in the house? That’s being creative. What makes something creative? For example, some people find creativity through cooking. They enjoy the process of combining…

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