15 years capturing unique moments! with @seffis / Where does your passion for photography comes from Steffen? "It all started in the old chat program Microsoft Messenger when a friend of mine sent me some photos he had taken with a digital camera in 2004. (Back then high quality photos weren’t as normal as today.) Now the shots he sent me weren’t that great. I was just blown away by the quality. Like a week later I decided I had to buy a digital compact camera, so I ordered a $250 camera online and instantly got hooked. I was shooting everything!
However, as my photography improved, I focused more on landscapes and classic Scandinavian nature. Ever since my style has evolved over quite some time. I guess that today I just love to make every scenery seem magical in it’s own way, whether it is a cold northern light shot or a warm sunset in July. I always want to give the viewer a sense of what it’s like being there.
Perhaps that is why I am quite critical with my work. Actually I don’t have any favourite photos. Even though I only post photos I’m satisfied with I don’t have any photos I truly love. I’m very critical to my own work and always feel like I could have done better somehow.
I do have some preferred locations though! My favourite photography spots are in the mountains in outer Senja. The hike to the peak Hesten and Segla is always mind-blowing and one of my favourites for sure. I also love Husfjellet, a peak overlooking the famous Devil’s Teeth!" 🙂 Could you help @seffis know what is your favorite photo?
You are not the only who has had their heart broken or experiencing pain. Neither are you the only one who has been hurt and the unfortunately chances are you will be hurt again but you do not have to let your pain be what defines you. Your scars are not a symbol of suffering but an emblem of hope.
Psalms 147:3 says this: “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.”
Whether we like it or not, pain is going to find us. We live in a world full of sin and destruction; not to mention we are all human and without even intentionally doing so we will end up getting hurt or do the hurting but there is beauty in pain, there is hope in suffering and there is a God who heals. As children of God, we don’t have to wallow in our own self pity, we don’t have to hide or suffer because we have a God who cares so deeply for us and wants to use your wounds as a story of His love.
God reminds us in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that He will never make us suffer more than what we can handle. This doesn’t mean that God will prevent us from being put through pain but rather He desires that, through those moments of tribulation, we learn to rely solely on Him. ⠀
Allow your wounds or your scars be a reminder of the brokenness that God brought you out of, a glimpse of His precious love and grace in your life. When you look back see what He saved you from and allow that pain to bring you closer to Him.
There’s a song by @iamtheyband that is a beautiful reminder of how we are to be thankful not just for our own scars but also the scars that Christ bore on the cross:
“Darkest water and deepest pain
I wouldn't trade it for anything
'Cause my brokenness brought me to You
And these wounds are a story You'll use
So forever I am thankful for the scars
'Cause without them I wouldn't know Your heart
And I know they'll always tell of who You are”
Our feelings can lead us astray, causing us to be revengeful or retaliate but when we think about how Christ reacted when He went through tribulation we are reminded of the compassion He felt for those who hurt Him. Just like the scars on His hands are a symbol of hope; our scars are a reminder of His love! #FaithFilledCaptions
Saw the beautiful wild #redcrownedparrots in Irvine today with @chirpchicksmom - there were probably hundreds flying over and screeching from the trees above us as we walked around Irvine Regional Park.
Yesterday I was walking down Koramangala 7th block when I saw this man working on this extremely high tension wire with absolutely no protection, not even a pair of gloves, about 20 feet above the ground level. While his mates were handling the traffic and the angry vehicle owners, this man seemed as if he was in his own zone, away from the chaos below him, calm, maybe a bit scared, but doing what he has to because God knows how many people he has to feed in his home with the meagre amount of daily wage he gets by dealing with death on a daily basis.
Everyday we come across sights like these and we fail to recognise their efforts. I don't mean to say that understanding their efforts means seeing the binary of their poverty and our privilege and calling ourselves "mindless, ruthless, arrogant and unsympathetic". Because honestly speaking, this will not solve anything. The first step here will be respecting them and extending our gratitude. And the next would be bringing sights like these in front of the higher authorities, because these people toil hard so that we get the comforts of the world. .