A Change of Mind.
I’ve spent a lot of time travelling and working alone. It isn’t always easy and it was certainly harder when I was in a bad place with my faith. I remember one time when I was in Iceland, I was alone, it was raining, cold and I had just left all my friends and family for the next year and I had no idea what was coming next. I was exploring this beautiful country and seeing some of the coolest waterfalls I’ve ever witnessed. It should have been a magical time, but instead I look back at my time there with a bit of a bad taste. Without God in existence I would struggle to find the beautiful moments in my life and would find it impossible to find my meaning.
During the next few weeks I managed to make it to my bible school and started building up my faith again. I started reading the Bible each morning again and truly praying, none of this fake stuff I did for my parents and pastors at home. It was a crazy transformation that caught me off guard. I first saw it in my photography. I had been on a cold streak for big hits for several months. I couldn’t find inspiration anywhere and I had been in plenty of beautiful places recently. Alaska, Iceland, Banff, and now Norway.
Even with all the travel I couldn’t find inspiration, but on week 4 of my bible school it started coming back. All of the sudden I was able to find shots that not only made me happy, but also inspired those who saw them. I changed my whole view on photography, instead of trying to be famous and get on the cover of every magazine I decided I wanted my photography to inspire people to go outside and explore God’s creation. Once I had that mindset shift everything changed. My work travelled more than it every had in my life and It was amazing to see the reaction from my audience. I felt like God had affirmed my gift and I was excited to travel down this road with him.
If God didn’t exist there would be a loss of purpose in my life. I look at my life now and compare it to a few years ago and I can see that if God wasn’t there, then I wouldn’t be able to enjoy my life. I would be looking for earthly pleasures and focusing on myself, but God has left us the word to read, and a beautiful world to explore. He wants a relationship with us and if we let Him, He can show us this world in a whole new light.