From Destruction to Creation: One Photographer’s Journey

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.]

When photographer Scott Myers became a Christian his art changed from darkness to light; from death to life; from decay to creation. According to Myers:

In my thirties I went out of my way to avoid believing in anything … and by the time I was forty I considered myself an atheist. The biggest way that my worldview showed up in my art is in the bleakness of the images. I was really drawn to dark, run-down, broken places. … There was pain in [those places]. I was drawn to that … I was not happy in any sense of the word.

[After I became a Christian] one of the obvious ways my photography changed is color. … My work has gotten big and painterly … a lot of the subject matter for the color tends to be nature photographed in a way that shows the orderly made-ness of creation. The most dramatic change I’ve seen in my photography is my interest in photographing people. I never wanted to do that before, and now that’s all I want to do.

Watch the rest of his story (created by Scott Johnson of the Crossing in Columbia, MO) below.

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