Parting Shot


By Eric Mattson

The ongoing practice of photography is like creating a mirror made up of images. Imagine gazing at a glass mirror fractured into a web of cracks. By viewing the mirror at different angles, the photographer can see fragments of a reality made up of their physical environment, family and social involvements, activities and interests driven by purpose, cultural engagement and meta-narrative. Revealed are reflections of self, both familiar and unfamiliar glimpses. Revealed are reflections of all aspects of what it means to be human. Revealed are reflections of God’s creation. The contemplative photographer is invited to explore these reflective and refractive shards in literal and metaphorical ways. The apostle Paul writes “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known." (1 Corinthians 13:12) Walking humbly with God polishes the mirror which reveals and redeems brokenness which distorts.