Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Lausanne

Lausanne.

Today I feel very small.

I'm at a conference with over 200 people. As I look over the guest list most of them have words like "CEO" or "President" or "Vice-President" following their names. In front of their names are organizations like "Compassion International," "Food for the Hungry," and "Desiring God Ministries." Yeah. I feel small.

Lausanne has a dream: The WHOLE CHURCH taking the WHOLE GOSPEL to the WHOLE WORLD. I am kind of excited about that and I don't need a PHD to do it.

I'm here at the US Lausanne meeting because I was nominated and accepted a position as a delegate from the United States to the Third Global Congress for World Evangelization in Cape Town, South Africa in October. This is one of those things in life that I look at and shake my head because it is so much bigger than I am. It is one of those things that I couldn't make happen if I wanted to, and yet God opened the door and let me walk through it.

Thrilled doesn't begin to describe how I feel. I have a passion for seeing the young people of the Church love Jesus Christ so much that it changes their lives. I long to see the Church of tomorrow stronger, deeper, richer, and fuller than the church of today. I think Lausanne might help that.

R

Check out more on Lausanne at: http://www.lausanne.org/

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

From the Archive: Pearl of Asia

From the Archive: Pearl of Asia

Sunrise over the Pearl of Asia
Canon EOS 1D-MkIIn | 1/1600s | f/11 | 200mm | ISO 100

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Phnom Pehn, Cambodia was known as the Pearl of Asia for its culture, business, and the classical French architecture that dominated the city. One hundred years later it is hard to imagine that this was ever the case. The destruction of World War II and the terror of the socialist agenda of the Khmer Rouge have turned a once beautiful city and nation into mere shadows of their former glory.

In September of 2007 I spent 4 days working with a Christian ministry that runs orphanages, seminaries, and training workshops to keep girls out of prostitution. My friend Caleb and I captured hundreds of images and trained the local man who handled their media and publications.

Sunrise comes early in Phnom Pehn. I think we were up before 5am to head into the center of town for this image. I was shocked at the number of people around at that early hour. Cleaning crews, yoga parties, badminton and soccer games, and people taking their morning bath in the polluted river were everywhere. That morning was also the only time I've ever been physically assaulted while on a shoot as a high bum took a swing at me while walking down the street. I suspect my lens hurt his hand more than he hurt me...

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R

Learn more about Phnom Penh at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phnom_Penh

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Friday, January 08, 2010

Kristi and Nik are Married!!

Kristi and Nik are Married!!

Kristi and Nik are married!
Augh! (As Kristi would say...)

This was a fun wedding. Kristi, Nik, and I go way back... Actually, I took Nik on his first international missions trip, oh, say 6 years ago. My sister Kirsten, Kristi, and I along with several others used to do children's ministry trips all over the United States and abroad.

Despite the history, this was the first time I'd seen Kristi and Nik together with my own eyes. The last time I'd seen Kristi, she was rather single. The last time I'd seen Nik, well... we were snowed in at the Chicago airport after the weekend he and Kristi had started dating. It was beautiful. I loved watching (and photographing!) the action between my two friends. I also loved watching them interact with their friends and family.

The wedding was decidedly "them," from the John Deere tractor "ring pillow" to Boba's rendition of C.O.R.N. to the Kissing Can and Nikki's flowers. It's my hope that these pictures are "them" too! :-)

R

Oh, and Random Fact of the Wedding: there were 3 other couples in attendance whose weddings I've shot recently! How cool is that! :-)

View the rest of Kristi and Nik's photos at: http://kristiandnik.rowangillson.com

Kristi and Nik are married!

Kristi and Nik are married!

Kristi and Nik are married!

Kristi and Nik are married!

Kristi and Nik are married!
Photo by Michelle Neu

Kristi and Nik are married!

Kristi and Nik are married!

Kristi and Nik are married!

Kristi and Nik are married!

View the rest of Kristi and Nik's photos at: http://kristiandnik.rowangillson.com

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

From the Archive: Redwoods

From the Archive: Redwoods

The afternoon sun peeks through giant trees over a gravel trail

Canon EOS 30D | 1/15s | f/4 | 10mm | ISO 200

Gorgeous gravel roads cut through the heart of the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in Northwestern California giving visitors the chance to experience the wonder of one of nature's largest living things: the Sequoia tree. Many of these spectacular trees are thousands of years old and stand more than 300 feet high. It is truly an awe inspiring experience to wander through the midst of these living giants.

In the summer of 2007 I took a road trip through Northern California and Southern Oregon with my friends Will and Tanya. The few days we had were not enough to appreciate the intense beauty of the region. This image was first offered for sale in a collection of four prints to help my brother pay for school. I'm excited to publish it once again for your viewing pleasure.

R

Learn more about Sequoias: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coast_Redwood

Order a print of this image: http://rowangillson.zenfolio.com/archive/ef780a76