unloved and abandoned

I attended a photographic workshop led by Paul Hill and Maria Falconer.Most interesting and definatly pushed boundaries for me.

Below is the exterior of a disused telephone exchange, built using plastic panels and windows set in metal frames. The frames now have the paint peeling away, the panels have discoloured and in the windows discoloured venetian blinds can be seen.

For this piece of work I have selected certain sections of panels, distressed and changed them using a photo edit programme and then cropped.

Each picture needs to be viewed individually.

 

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Experiment

Sometimes we have to experiment, push the boundary and try something new.

So I did and below is the result.

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This

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All you photographers out there will know how I achieved this but for those who don’t, it was simply done using  a long exposure and twisting the zoom lens inwards.I like it, hope you do……..

Betrayed

PENTAX Image

The Last Supper

by

Chris Higham

MAUNDY THURDAY

Most evenings we sit down for a meal with our family and tonight Jesus sits down in the upper room with his disciples who have become his family, his friends, his travelling companions, who have witnessed his miracles, who have heard his teachings but still they did not quite understand. But this wasn’t just a meal, it was to be jesus’ last meal with these friends and he knew it.
For on this very night Jesus will be betrayed by one of his friends, betrayed for 30 pieces of silver but for me the biggest betrayal was that Judas a used of a kiss, a sign of love to identify Jesus.
Before the meal began, Jesus knelt down to wash the disciples feet. This disturbed the disciples as it was the task of the humblest slave, whereas Jesus their master took it upon himself. Jesus got to know the disciples more closely by taking upon himself the role of their servant if you remember he said to them whoever wishes to become great among you, must be your servant and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.

In the “old upstairs downstairs” days good servants probably knew a lot more about their Masters mistresses then they let on. This however made them better servants, for by keeping their eyes open they can understand their employers needs and anticipate their demands. Was there something of this in our Lords decision to washes disciples feet? For he told his disciples to become servants of others just has he had become their servant: “if I your Lord and teacher have washed your fee”t he said” you also ought to wash one another’s feet for I have set you an example that you also should do as I have done. And to serve somebody you must learn about them what makes them tick, what their life experiences have been, who they are and how they think of themselves.
It’s very easy for a “do-gooder” to rush in and give someone what they think they need without taking the time to learn from them what they really need. You must get to know them and understand who they think of themselves to be and as we say where they are coming from for this you really need to look at them listen to the town of the voice and you may well learn a lot about them that they would never have been able to put into words themselves.

Jesus calls us to follow his example and to learn our neighbour stories by serving them he calls us to serve our neighbours as he himself served his disciples by washing the messy places in their lives with the love of God. Ask yourself whom Jesus is asking you to serve in all humility today.

Mothering Sunday

Mother

I remember the first time I was left alone with my newborn son. The overwhelming feeling of love accompanied by the fear of caring for this little soul. As I grow older I see that there is a natural reversal of roles and the child becomes the caregiver for the parent. I think this reversal was part of Mary’s relationship with her Son.

She cared for Him as a helpless infant, watching him grow in stature with God and man. She watched as the crowds cheered His entry into Jerusalem, only to see them lift Him upon the cross a few days later. Her heart must have longed to heal His pains, but it was He who looked down with perfect love and said, motioning to John, “Woman, behold thy son!”

As our children grow, we draw great comfort in their concern for us. Their kindnesses forged in the furnace of our earlier devotions. I wanted this painting to show the love the Savior had for His mother and the feeling that every mother can find comfort and safety in His arms.   By Liz Swindle

I found this wonderful painting by Liz Swindle of Jesus giving his Mother Mary  a hug. I love the way Mary is smiling and has her hand placed lovingly on his arm. It inspired my sermon for  Mothering Sunday.

Today is Mothering Sunday and NOT Mothers’ Day….because for us in church today is a day when we celebrate and thank God for our mothers, we celebrate even more the huge army of people who mother us….

Moses received love, care and nurture from not one but three mother figures – and I’m confident that it’s worked that way for most of us.Each one of us needs so much love, care and encouragement…and I know as a mum that though I do my best, my son would have a very raw deal if he relied only on me – but I know that I’ve shared in the real work of mothering with so many others, just as I received that sort of care from many different people besides the loving and loved woman who gave birth to me ,my mum.
Most of you know my mum died a few years ago but I have been so fortunate to have had many surrogate mums who have loved ,cared and encouraged me.
one thing they have all been good at is given me hugs.I like hugs and I am sure you all do !!!
I often need a hug to help me feel better and make me smile… give yourself a hug or if you know the person next to you give them a hug.
So much mothering given and received, – and that’s just how it should be.
Today can be difficult for many people.Some who have never known their birth mothers, or lost them along time ago.Some of us have children who have disappointed us, or whom we have disappointed.Some of us longed for children but found that it didn’t work out…or have suffered the awful pain of losing a much loved child.
Life is often messy, never perfect, – and families are just the same …whatever the greetings card industry might like us to believe
But the message today is that family exists where people are loving towards one another – not just where there are mum, dad and children.
Our gospel reading shows us how that sort of family can be created…as Jesus asks his mother to look after his best friend, and that friend to look after his mother.
He knows that he won’t be there to care for either of them but wants the best for both of them…so here, even while he’s telling John that Mary is now HIS mum, and Mary that John is to be her son, it’s mostly Jesus that does the mothering.
You see, you really don’t have to be a woman, let alone a MOTHER, to share in that important work
It’s something we can all do…
Jesus brings a new family to birth through his loving care and the family he establishes is the family that’s here today…the Church.
In this family, we can and should share in the work of mothering…
That is what we celebrate today.
Mothering Sunday is about ALL those who mother us, women, men and children – those who care for us, who teach us and help us to grow. We go on needing people like that whether we’re 5 or 50 so let’s ask God to help us to share his work of mothering, of loving and caring for one another and let’s make our church a true family where all are welcome.