Luminant Exposure

I've been searching for a name to start a photography website. Last night I woke up in the middle of the night with the word exposure flashing through my mind. Exposure. So simple, yet filled with depth. In film photography a picture before we were graced with the opportunity to view it was what we called an exposure. As I lay in bed wide-awake I began to build on the idea. Exposure. What IS an exposure? The definitions of exposure are quite dull really. The word exposure is synonymous with vulnerability; in terms of photography exposure deals with a record of a scene on light sensitive material.... This did not make sense, so I decided to form my own definition; an exposure is the realization that light has the ability to capture the dark that wells up inside us all, it's opportunity and experience. Exposure is all about the light heartedness that we experience when we let ourselves experience vulnerability. If a picture is worth a thousand words than an exposure is all the blind work that we did before seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and the light was, in fact, never at the end of the tunnel. Instead, it was there beside us all along just waiting to burst through our cores, filling our worlds with luminance. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but my mind is filled with so many more. I realized that a website for pictures alone would be a halfhearted attempt, thus luminantexposure. This blog is dedicated to whatever lights us up. I do not have many plans for it, but what I have decided is that I will post pictures that I have taken with a meaningful quote, a short story, a snippet of my inspiration - a piece of my experience. I will also be completely open to guest posts, confessions, feedback, ANYTHING... I'm interested how this very special exposure will develop.

My confession:

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees… I don’t feel threatened.. I don’t feel discriminated against.. That’s what they are, Christmas trees.

It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, ‘Merry Christmas’ to me. I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn’t bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If people want a creche, it’s just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her ‘How could God let something like this happen?’ (regarding Hurricane Katrina).. Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response.. She said, ‘I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?’

In light of recent events… terrorists attack, school shootings, etc.. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about.. And we said okay..

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit.

If not, then just discard it.. no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,

Ben Stein

When you feel abandoned by God yet you continue to trust Him, You worship Him in the deepest way.

—Rick Warren (via godlovesyouthemost)

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Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying “yes” begins things. Saying “yes” is how things grow. Saying “yes” leads to knowledge. “Yes” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes.

—Stephen Colbert (via imfantasyparade)

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Some people think God does not like to be troubled with our constant coming and asking. The way to trouble God is not to come at all.

—D.L. Moody  (via -bailee)

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kierstinrae:

Just because it would never be mentioned so blatantly in North America doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be. People’s misconception of prostitution, pornography, drug use, and human trafficking is so great, it’s time to inform.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time

—1 Peter 5:6 (via dailybibleverse365)