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Eyes of the Heart
Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice
by Christine Valters Paintner
Publisher:Sorin Books imprint of Ave Maria from Alban Books
If you are a photographer, be it amateur or professional, and a Christian then this book is for you. Written by the author of The Artist's Rule it is a well thought out and articulated book that blends together the art of photography with the spirituality of contemplative practice in a way that makes you think deeper about both. Using the camera as both tool and focus this book guides you on a journey into both the art of photography with its focus on image, light, reflection, exploration and composition and also on the way in which these practices in many ways reflect upon and can represent the inner focus and attention of contemplative action. Through the lens we focus on detail framed within the whole, and so through contemplation we focus on the whole in the detail too. Amazing metaphors are drawn out and suddenly a day out with the camera is instead a day of active prayer and contemplation the likes of which you probably hadn't fully realised before. A brilliant book and one I highly recommend for any photographer.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (21/05/13)