Available Light: Awakening Spirituality through Photography
By: Rev. David Tinney and Rev. Denise McGuiness
About the Book
The seeds of this book began when David and Denise worked together for eight years as clergy at a middle-sized church in Vancouver, Washington. David was the senior pastor, but before his call to ministry, he had been a professional photographer. Denise was an ordained deacon, working as a pastoral psychologist and spiritual director in the community. In her spare time, photography served as an artistic outlet.
From the authors: “We have divided the book into ten different chapters: mindfulness, appreciating light, befriending the shadow, simplicity, rediscovering wonder, intimacy, slowing down, cropping, redemptive photography and final lessons. Each chapter includes reflection questions and photographic assignments that are designed to help you put the chapter’s spiritual discipline and theme into action. By engaging in these practices, we hope you will find yourself delving more deeply into the beauty of creation, with a heightened sense of the divine shimmering through each image you discover.”
May this book bless you on your spiritual journey.
Denise and David
(2020, hardback, 78 pages)
In the last year, my spiritual journey has involved the study of different ancient practices. While I had learned of Lectio Divina (divine reading), I only recently discovered the concept of Visio Divina (divine seeing). So, I was delighted when I heard about Available Light: Awakening Spirituality Through Photography. While using religious icons or other paintings to meditate is typical, exploring the divine with photos of everyday places, people and things that anyone with a smartphone can capture, puts the Holy within reach of us all! With lots of tips for the photographers among us, Available Light also encourages the casual shutterbug to take more time and care with their smartphone/idiot camera to really SEE the wonderous creation in which we live. Revs. McGuiness and Tinney lead the reader through the practice of Visio Divina thoughtfully, intentionally. In addition to a full explanation of the practice, they have included exemplar photos of their own, questions for reflection, as well as tips and tasks for those wanting to practice Visio Divina through their own lens. A great personal resource, Available Light would make an excellent group study for a Sunday school and I plan to suggest it to mine!
- Andrea Croskery