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Resurrection Day

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I had the opportunity to photograph a dramatic production by Calvary Assembly in Decatur of The Whip, Hammer and Cross earlier this week.  It is an amazing production done by members of the church depicting the life of Christ, particularly the week of His passion.  I got saved when I was seven but I was ready to go to the altar again when that play was done!  Wow!

I shot the entire event using the Nikon D2Hs and an 80-200mm f2.8 lens and, of course, it was all available light and they did a tremendous job lighting the play.  There were basically two white balances and I could easily switch between the normal incandescent mode and dial in a K reading of about 4400 for the other mode.  I shot on a night designated for Spanish speakers so the church was not as full as normal and I had almost full mobility in the balcony which sweeps around an arc from one side of the stage to the other.  I could move freely to get the best angles and it worked out very well.

Resurrection Sunday may be the greatest day on the calendar, maybe even the greatest day in history.  I know for sure that Jesus has changed my life.  My dad had a music group comprised of teens from several churches and they were called The Conversion Experience Singers.  I was just a little boy, seven years old in fact.  They were singing in a country church on Sand Mountain over around Scottsboro in northern Alabama.  I always helped out setting up, really I didn’t do much except feel like I was helping, but I was always right there on the front row.  That night was a little different.

The group sang the songs that I knew by heart and as they came down to the very last song I knew something was going on.  I could feel God calling my name.  The group sang, “Pass It On” for the invitation and I was down front tugging on my dad’s jacket telling him I wanted to get saved.  I have known this wonderful Jesus ever since.  I used to think that I would be a minister someday when I hung up the cameras or that I would hang up the cameras to become a minister.  It took me a long time to realize that God didn’t want me to separate my “secular” career from my “ministry.”  Now I know that the way that I minister to people involves a camera and the compassion that naturally flows through my lens is really just an expression of who God made me to be that day back in 1970 on Sand Mountain.

One of the greatest expressions of the love of God is written this way in scripture, “… and Jesus, moved with compassion…”  I love that phrase because that is what love and life are really all about.  In many ways it is what photojournalism is all about.  I am an imperfect man who God touched and now he just wants me to show his love to other imperfect people.  Let me leave you now with a blessing and an invitation.  May the Lord bless you and keep you and may He cause His face to shine upon you.  That is the blessing.  The invitation is for anyone who wants to know a bit more about this Jesus.  Just drop me a line in email and we will talk.  Blessings to you all on this most excellent day.

Photos copyright Gary Cosby Jr., The Decatur Daily.  The opinions expressed in this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect  those of my employer.

Written by Gary Cosby Jr.

April 11th, 2009 at 8:24 pm