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September 2018: Oblique strategies

oblique strategies flyer

There was a photography exhibition hanging in St Mary's church, put together by the Ealing London Independent Photography group which has a couple of Grace members as part of the group. The exhibition was part of BEAT - the Borough of Ealing Art Trail. It was called Oblique Strategies, inspired by Brian Eno's cards of that name - each photographer was given a card at random and the photos were a response to that. The text of the Oblique Strategies card was displayed with the photo it had inspired. Grace interacted with the photos and explored a couple of spiritual practices using photography.

Below is the flyer for the exhibition.

Order of service

Opening prayer

Margate Liturgy

Intro

Framing the evening - photography and spirituality. Explain exhibition theme.

Exhibition

Go and have a look at the photos

Visio divina

look at one photo that speaks to you, meditate on it, talk to someone nearby about it, contemplate

Imaginative reading with a photographer’s eye

Mark 7:24-30

Give me eyes to see like a photographer

photograph one thing - attention

the congregation were asked to write a verse of a prayer using the phrase 'give me eyes to see like a photographer'. here are a selection:

give me eyes to see like a photographer
frame my view on where i should look
focus on what is important
reveal what is needed for others to see
hold that moment

give me eyes to see like a photographer
that the whole world is shining
to notice how your light falls

give me eyes to see like a photographer
to reveal the story behind the image

when i am angry
or tired
or too close to see clearly
overcommitted
under informed
superficial
obsessive
give me eyes to see like a photographer

give me eyes to see like a photographer
that beauty is in the ordinary and everyday
not in a quest to capture the perfect sunset

give me eyes to see like a photographer
that the world is broken in grief
longing for healing

give me eyes to see like a photographer
to see the true subject of importance
to use light, framing and depth of field to bring the focus it deserves

give me eyes to see like a photographer
capturing the whole scene
the margins and the centre
and not just the parts that grab my fickle attention

give me eyes to see like a photographer
to find the story behind the scene
the pain behind the eyes
the vision beyond the frame

give me eyes to see like a photographer
that all is gift
and you are the one who draws with light

prayer

give me eyes to see like a photographer
that the whole world is shining
to notice how your light falls

give me eyes to see like a photographer
that beauty is in the ordinary and everyday
not in a quest to capture the perfect sunset

give me eyes to see like a photographer
that the world is broken in grief
longing for healing

give me eyes to see like a photographer
that all is gift
and you are the one who draws with light
amen

open the shutter of my heart to let the light in
bring out your image in me like film in the dark room
hold me steady like a tripod with my aperture wide
give me a neutral density filter so i can have a long exposure to your love
help me learn to see
amen

oblique strategies

cards and new year

Blessing for new year

O donahue bennacht

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