J. Lanning Smith  

Stopping to Pray by J. Lanning Smith

October 2019 - Stopping to Pray

About the Image(s)

I recently did a one week personal retreat at Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist monastery north of Charleston, South Carolina. There are only 16 monks living there on 3,100 acres of beautifully maintained gardens and rolling hills of very old and large oak trees. Obviously, the monks depend on hired hands to maintain that much property. While out walking one morning I happened across this worker who actually made a couple circles back and forth around the area of this cross, which is a marker for where Henry Luce, founder of Time/Life magazines and his wife Clare Booth Luce, Ambassador and Congresswoman are buried. Then he stopped and began to pray while seated on his tractor. In taking this picture, I just loved the story that it told.

They say the best camera is the one you have with you. In this case, I only had my iPhone with me. This shot was taken with the iPhone X and is unedited other than to crop it. It was taken from further away than appears in the photograph.

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Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Smart phones have definitely been catching up with the "real" cameras, and this image is proof of that, with good color and sharpness. I'm a little more skeptical - I think he's either napping or checking his email! Regardless, it's a nicely composed image that relates the story the viewer applies to it.   Posted: 10/30/2019 09:59:09