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Should “Religious” Photographers Be Banned from the Show?

September 2, 2008

We recently got this e-mail from a listener to the show.

Hi:

If you are the guy that does the f stop podcast interviews I wonder if you can possibly avoid religious photographers eschewing and promoting their pompous religious beliefs on your show? I can’t stand these idiots’ beliefs, their espousing their beliefs or your pandering to them. Maybe that’s the ‘beyond’ thing in your title? Other than knowing who was paying the great masters to paint, we know very little of their religious views and that is good and certainly makes no difference- if it’s good, it’s good. god or no god.

Get off this BS please!

Otherwise, it’s a good show.

Oooooh! Controversy. I love it. So, what do you think? I’ll save my response for a later audio podcast. But I’d love to know what you think. Should we actively avoid photographers who are open about their faith (whichever faith that is!) Do you think I  pander to them? Chime in. Send e-mail to feedback@fstopbeyond.com. Or, comment on this post. I’d love to know what you think.

At least he/she recognized it’s a  good show. 🙂

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  1. September 2, 2008 at 10:34 am

    If someone doesn’t like what is on your show, they can choose not to listen.

    If the persons you interview share their beliefs, who are you to stop them? Would it be better for you to censor your interviews and cut out the “religious” comments?

    As a photographer and a Christian, I find it interesting that we are considerd the one’s who aren’t “opened minded”. The world would have us to accept their views (and most of us do accept the fact that everyone is entitled to their view), yet keep silent about our own.

  2. David Burke
    September 2, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Wow. I think that if an individual’s spiritual preference is a part of who they are, then let it be. You pandering? That sounds pretty ridiculous. You create compelling interviews by letting your subjects be who they are. Sounds like someone had the case of the “Mondays” when they wrote this 😉

    If this viewer does not like learning about individuals, then why watch. There are a lot of other shows that focus on the ‘surface’. I am under the impression that F-Stop Beyond translates into ‘There is a lot more to f-stop, shutter speed, ISO and White Balance. Let’s get real and find out who these people are and what makes them tick.’

    Am I off?

    Ron, you do a great job and I look forward to more of your interviews. Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, Athiest… Bring em on!

    Thanks,
    DB

  3. September 2, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Hi Ron!

    Being a UK Christian myself I have to admit I was surprised by the amount of religion when I first started listening to your great podcast several months ago.

    As I’ve listened to more, the ballance between photographers whose religion inspires and supports them in their work, and those who don’t mention it, has swung towards the other way.

    Some of this maybe cultural – I’m sure the percentage of “active” Christians is a lot bigger in the USA compared to the UK, so I guess that means that you’ll be more likely to interview religious photographers than over here.

    I think its important that you play “devils advocate” when people cite their religion when it comes to business – but I’m not looking for a fully fledged debate, that’s not the style of the show.

    My view? For what its worth, don’t change a thing – I love the show, the conversation and the inspiration.

    Cheers, Rob.

  4. September 2, 2008 at 10:46 am

    wow…

    did he just say that everyone who has said anything about religion on F-Stop Beyond are idiots?

    I know some of these guys personally and don’t think they are idiots.

    wow.

  5. September 2, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Wow…again.

    How are you supposed to interview a person about their vision/purpose/direction/foundation/etc. and not discuss spirituality, if that is indeed a foundational aspect of the photographer/videographer’s life?

    The reason why your podcasts are so great is because it goes past the technicalities of shooting. It’s not a podium for people to pimp their products and seminars (and its also great that you do allow them to reference them at the end to get more info).
    You aren’t biasing your interviews towards any one religious affiliation or denomination, which makes the concern seem a bit more absurd (to me).

    Keep up the great work Ron…

  6. September 2, 2008 at 10:54 am

    Our “religious” views will always be shown (in some way) in our art, our politics, our relationships, our goals, all that we do. That’s why it is called a “belief system.” That goes for any religion or lack thereof.

    One’s belief system and the art they produce are intertwined. Simply talking about what inspires oneself to create art should not be considered promotion of a religious view or proselytizing. For a Christian wedding photographer, capturing a Christian wedding, to believe in that ceremony and to be inspired and to capture it in a certain way, is their unique perspective. Maybe their photographs will be influenced by their religious perspective? Maybe not?

    The point is that censorship of religious conversational almost every level is destructive and in this case counterproductive at best. If someone is upset by this simple fact then they should listen to something else.

    The commenter obviously has a problem with the religious beliefs of your guests. That’s ok. It looks like his religious views have effected his response and as it should.

  7. Robert Christopher
    September 2, 2008 at 11:04 am

    I will say that I was at first amazed by how much religious talk was on the show. But you are just asking the questions about what moves people, motivates, inspires. I love hearing anything that inspires a photographer including the religious and I am not that religous myself. But again if I was to be honest it was a bit overwhelming at first. Possibly b/c personally I’ve been advioding my spiritual journey where these other photographers have seemed to embrace it.

  8. September 2, 2008 at 11:33 am

    I’m not the most religious person in the world – but I don’t mind it in other people and if that’s what motivates them lets hear about it.

    OK, maybe except for public officials who let their beliefs dictate foreign policy (or lack of). 😉

  9. September 2, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Wow – that guy needs to chill out. If he doesn’t like hearing about what makes your photographer guests tick, then what is he doing listening to the show? Dude – it’s your show, so i say you do what you want with it.

    It’s certainly not fair to be calling people idiots without just cause. How does being religious equate being an idiot?

    Maybe he should start his own show and see how far he gets with an attitude like that.

    Keep up the good work dude!

  10. September 2, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    I don’t know that they should be “banned” from the show, but if the show is about photography, talk about photography. If it is about religion, talk about that.

    As soon as I hear someone start espousing religious views, I hit the “stop” button and move on to something else. If a podcast features many people who talk about religion, then I no longer subscribe to the podcast.

    I didn’t know f-stop beyond had a lot of religious topics – thanks for the heads up…

    G

  11. September 2, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    The reason why we don’t know much about the “Masters” that this person is taking about is because the times back then are different. Today we have so much info out there on the web (just like this site) and there are interviews with artists that are in-depth. When you interview someone in detail you will find our personal info about them. Some of this personal info won’t have much to do with a specific images but does make these people who they are and their personal lives do effect their work so should be discussed.

    I find it interesting to learn more about my fellow photographers and what inspires them (even if it isn’t something I believe in) and say keep on doing what you are doing.

  12. September 2, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Hey Ron:

    Like Chris and others stated above if they do not like where the show is headed they can turn it off and choose not to listen. This is your show and what you want to make of it, not what every listener wants to hear, cant satisfy everybody.

    I have greatly enjoyed the show given it’s not about the photography but about what motivates these top photographers, if it’s religion, well that’s their personal choice and i respect that and am open to learning about different points of view and different peoples beliefs.

    I think this person closely fits what Dane Sanders calls in his new book “Fast Track Photographer” a “grumpy”. Looks like we have a grumpy in our mist!

    I always look forward to your podcasts every week and have listened to some twice so keep up the great work.

  13. September 2, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Ha! Their going to love my upcoming interview. 🙂 What I love most about F-Stop and Beyond is, yes, the “beyond”, how you tap into the heart behind artist, and who the photographer is behind the camera. It’s the same reason we love Bed Bath and Beyond… because you can get more out of the store than just stuff for your bed and bath! 🙂 Sorry, I’m a girl, I had to relate it to shopping…

    I agree with the comment about the “grumpy” photographers. If they don’t like this podcast, don’t listen.

    Keep doing things just as you are Ron! You are filling a great niche in the world of photography podcasts!

  14. September 2, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    oh my, what a joke!
    From what I understand that’s what makes the show so appealing. It’s not about all technical stuff we spend so much time concentrating. I like that it’s a personal biography of each photographer. That dude needs to exercise a little tolerance.

    Either way, it’s your show Ron, do what you want!

    j

  15. September 2, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    I have just started listening to the show, prompted initially by the video interview with DJ. I am so inspired hearing the different photographers backgrounds and influences.

    Life is not just about technicalities, there’s a new wave of photographers on their way, and already here. Photographers that realise that WHO they are as a photographer is more important than HOW they do it.

    Yes, I’m a Christian, yes I’m a photographer. Am I a Christian Photographer? Mmm that’s an interesting concept – like asking if a band is a Christian band because all of them are Christians. What do I believe the answer is? I believe it’s yes, because our beliefs, our faith and our ways of approaching come from our convictions – they are part of who we are.

    Why have I decided to start a new business venture – one that builds on my pDNA (thanks Dane) and expands the world of Weddings as we know it… It’s not just because of my pDNA makeup, it also has a lot to do with my Faith. I consider how this impacts my world, I pray and ask for direction, I wait for God to lead the way. To not include the reality of photographers and who they are and where they come from would leave out a massive part of the puzzle – their spiritual beliefs, or even lack of – contribute to who they are and the choices they make. Bring it on – I want to hear more, I want to hear from all different backgrounds (not just Christians). I want to be inspired.

    Thanks Ron for your great show, it’s one of the contributors to the new wave of photography – as is Dane’s book, as is DJ’s influence and OSP, as is Robert’s Photography Mentor…. It’s a photography revolution! 🙂

  16. September 2, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Obviously, the whole point of going “beyond” with the interviewees is to find out what makes them tick. If that’s religion, then let’s hear about it. I think as long as the focus remains topical and relevant it’s worth listening to. Keep up the good work Ron!

  17. September 2, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    I haven’t had a chance to listen to the podcast this person it talking about, but in general I think he has a point, even though it may be a bit harsh the way it came across. Basicly, I think what he is trying to say is that when talking about business of any kind, religion is topic that should be avoided. It’s like talking politics; some things you should just avoid discussing in a business form. Some folks may feel like their religion is not accepted if one is being talked about frequently. In conclusion, everyone should be accepting of each other, no matter that their beliefs are.

  18. September 2, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    I think you’ve actually asked this question yourself. If I’m not mistaken, you asked Dawn & Bob Davis why there seems to be so many Christians in the wedding photography world. I have heard equal amount of questioning to a Buddhist photographer, like Gene Higa, as to a Christian photographer. There just happens to be a lot of the latter. Some people would like things to be stripped and sterile. F Stop & Beyond is not that. Quite the contrary, it checks in all nooks & crevices. It leaves no uncomfortable topic unchecked. I’ve listened to enough shows to know. Great work, keep asking all the question. PS

  19. September 2, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    I’ve got an idea….lets ban all non- believers from the podcast. If you ban a believer than you have to ban a non-believer….Give me a friggin break. It is what it is…if they believe, they believe; if they don’t, they don’t. What an ignorant fool!! That means you too Gary Fong..I had more respect for you than that. So does that mean that if DJ, someone who was in your wedding started talking about their faith, than you would turn them off? Some friend you are pal. Oh wait…was it you that said that DJ was lying about the Pictage issue. It amazes me how weak some people are that they can’t listen to another person’s feeling for fear that they might lose their convictions. I’m a Christian and I love everyone. Thats what my faith teaches me. But I’m fed up with all of the mental weaklings in this world. Toughen up people!!

  20. Ken
    September 2, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Ron,

    The show is awesome; I look forward to listening each week. As a Christian and a photographer, I enjoy listening to the interviews with other photographers that do not have a problem sharing their faith. Our faith is a part of our life; it makes us who we are. God gave us the gift to see the world in a way the other may not and we use that gift to capture a moment in time and shared it with others through photography.

    Keep up the good work

  21. September 2, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    I love it when other photogs share their motivation for doing what they are doing! Keep the passion alive! I don’t just want technical info! I love God and enjoy hearing others hear from Him and serve Him too! Sarah Kobunski

  22. September 2, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Very interesting. My personal beliefs aside, I think you’d be hard pressed to continue having a show that delved into the personal side of industry leaders without a religious aspect showing up over and over again. People are driven by their beliefs, and one of the greatest belief (for many people) is their spirituality.

    Impossible to separate, I’d think.

    Keep up the great work, ron.

    a

  23. Adam
    September 2, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Yes, they should not be a part of a photo show such as what you are doing (which is great by the way!).

    Thanks and keep up the great work!

    Adam (of Ontario, Canada)

  24. September 2, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Why would someone “hate” on someone that is being positive and “real” about their religion? We listen to your podcasts to get a glimpse about how other photogs have succeeded. And if you listen to enough of them, you realize that the underlying message is to BE YOURSELF. If being yourself, is your being proud of your faith, there’s nothing wrong with expressing your lifestyle. It’s like, as if someone was into zen and mediation/yoga, or if someone was into working out or going to school. It’s their lifestyle that inspires them. That should inspire us to look at how our lifestyle is inspiring us.

    As for, if you’re “pandering” to them? I’m not sure you are. I think you can relate to them. And your format is very informal, casual. It’s not 20/20 Nightline. If people can’t handle references to other people’s faiths, and the positive lifestyle that they live ( and the success that they have developed because of it), then they can change the channel.

    Don’t change a thing.

    G. (“just G”)

  25. September 2, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Every artist has their inspiration and vision.

    I say keep on doing what you’re doing — letting the world hear LOUD AND CLEAR what is behind so many of us!

    You know, if this stuff is NOT opposed, something isn’t right… so you’re doing what’s right Ron — keep up the great interviews!!

  26. September 2, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    as artists, we all travel diverse journeys. spirituality, for many, is an integral part of that. if they want to share, let them … as long as it’s not bible-thumping or koran-thumping (if there is such a thing!) i enjoy your interviews!

  27. September 2, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Wow! How many of us are in a business that revolves around people committing their lives to each other and even possibly to God in some type of religous ceremony that is conducted by some type religous leader.

    Ron, don’t change your interview style because someone may talk about God or their religous beliefs. If anyone does not like what they are hearing they don’t have to listen.

    The last time I checked, this is still the United States of America. Keep up the good work.

  28. September 3, 2008 at 2:25 am

    I love you show and have been moved and inspired by many stories – even the christian ones 😉 .

    Although I am an atheist, my culture is christian and I am very proud of it. I guess that’s the closest I’ve ever got to believing in something.

    But I can understand how too much of this can be annoying to people who aren’t believers. You have many American followers, but from the looks of it, also a more international crowd. Comments above are from the UK… and I’m from Poland.

    I guess what the person was trying to say in a rather aggressive and clumsy manner is that (s)he would like to hear more about the people and their work and less about their beliefs.

    As you know, beliefs cause many tensions in our societies… imagine if a series of your photographers started going on at length about “Allah”… the comments above might tend to be less encouraging.

    Honestly, I don’t relate to “god” talk, but again, I can see that this is what moves and inspires these photographers… and if that is what drives them and makes them better people/photographers, who am I to judge?

    I don’t think that you provoke or induce this at all. As a person said above, there are a lot more active christians in the US than in Europe… and that is a reflection of the society you live in.

    Keep up the great work… you have a great show!

  29. rik
    September 3, 2008 at 7:22 am

    The last time I checked, this show was not a show about photography (as others have indicated above). This is a show about photographers. Whenever you focus on the person, you run the risk of discovering that they have some spiritual beliefs. What kind of show would it be if Ron had to temper all of his questions? “So, tell me about what drives your imagery (unless it’s religion). What motivates you to improve your work all the time (but please don’t say religion)?” It wouldn’t work.

    Plus, from my memory, discussion of a particular photographer’s spiritual beliefs never tends to take more than a few minutes from any 40-minute show. If Ron was pandering to them, I think we’d be hearing a lot more about the spirituality and less about other topics. Usually, when the topic comes up, he asks a question or two regarding it and moves on.

    I think this feels like a problem because nobody I know of ever answers a question like “What motivates your work?” by saying something like “my absence of a spiritual belief system” or “because I don’t believe in God.” I’ve never met someone who’s outspoken about their deeply felt athiest or agnostic beliefs like people who have deeply felt spiritual beliefs. If someone brought up the fact that they have no religious beliefs, I think Ron would ask them a couple of questions about it and move on to something else, too.

    Now, if Ron was deliberately going out and trying to find just those photographers with a Christian background, there would be something wrong with that. But I have to believe that that is simply not the case.

  30. September 3, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Hellooooooo….

    The same constitutional amendment right that lets us express ourselves artistically also lets us speak our minds on whatever topic. You always have the right to not listen but you never get the right to filter what people have to say.

  31. September 3, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Ron,

    The bottom line is this show is an extension of your business, and you are able to run it as you see fit.

    Your podcasts have given us a window into these photographers lives, not their camera settings. If faith is a part of their life then that is what we get to see.

    If the shows offend someone, then don’t listen; but don’t continue to listen and then complain about how things are.

    Lastly, if the only reason someone continues to listen to a podcast is based on how closely the speaker matches their own belief, then they is a shallow, selfish existence.

    I have appreciated the open honesty of every photographer you have interviewed, regardless of their beliefs.

    Best Wishes,
    Michael

  32. September 3, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Sounds like this listener would benefit from Dane Sander’s book…

    FAST TRACK PHOTOGRPHER

    I think he/she has the case of the grumpies! To each his own. It would be nice that if you didn’t have anything nice to say, you wouldn’t say it all. But that’s my own. Live, love and be love! It’s so much more fun. God bless you Ron for all that you do for this photographic community. I admire you, believe in you and know that God has many AWESOME things in store for you. I can’t wait to see what they are! xoxoxxo ~ Dawn

  33. September 3, 2008 at 11:24 am

    A true artist is inevitably influence by a spiritual component .. faith & religious beliefs are a part of the equation ..it is what makes art alive ..It it what makes every experience unique…
    …If you stop an artist from expressing himself in that regard you might as well stop “F – STOP BEYOND” all together .. and send Q&A with cut and paste answers :)!!

  34. Kristen
    September 3, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Wow. How sad that s/he is sooooo offended by someone else’s personal views that s/he would resort to such terms as “idiot” and “pompous” to describe them.

    I would just like to say that we all have different things that inspire and motivate us and our work. It could be nature, beauty, emotion, God, whatever. We all bring different perspectives and ideas to our work. This is a free country ~ at least it is right now, who knows what would happen if people like that writer were in charge. To deny someone’s right to express their religious or any other belief goes against one of the basic tenets of our country and goes against what art is: An expression of one’s self. I also want to add that to deny a person’s right to express themselves is in fact a form of totalitarianism and in a country such as ours should not be the case.

    People like that are the ones who are so quick to espouse tolerance and acceptance. I wish they would practice what they preach or stop being hypocrites and fess up to the fact that tolerance is needed ONLY for those who aren’t “religious.”

  35. Jason
    September 3, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    When you boil it down this is a podcast about people. It’s a discussion about what makes them tick and their journey through life. If religion is a big part of it how can you delve into any of that without discussing it?

    Please, continue to find and interview interesting people, I could care less whether they are religious or not.

    Oh, and I’m not religious if that matters to anyone.

  36. September 3, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    I’ll tell it like I see it.

    You DO pander to Christians, clearly. This is completely fine with me because I’m a Christian and it’s your podcast. I’m interested in – and inspired by – the faith of our industry leaders. But you’re quite sympathetic to it and I have to admit that if I wasn’t a believer I’d be annoyed too.

    But you know what really annoys me? Hearing about people’s marriages! I *so* don’t care where photo-couples went on their first date and how they keep the fire alive. I’m sure Jen Bebb does in fact have a great rear end. Or was that Julia Woods? Or Jennifer Aniston? I just don’t need to know these things.

    Remember – the only reason anyone is on this show is because they’re successful in business. That success is almost always because they can shoot and sell, not because they know how to be cute with each other in the kitchen or because they’re devout Christians for that matter. I’m not saying any of this is off limits — everything about a person is somehow relevant — it’s just not the main reason I’m here.

  37. September 3, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    When there is a photographer I admire, hearing what makes them who they are is key to me. Individuality is what makes each of our businesses successful. If the interviewed photographer left out the morals or beliefs that drive them, am I really getting to know the real person behind the work? To pretend that a person’s core beliefs does not effect the business man/woman they become and is deception. We all make daily decisions and judgment calls based on what we believe and in the end, it’s the decisions we make in the everyday that makes our lives memorable and meaningful.

  38. September 3, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Well, religion/faith is just one of the many “beyond” topics that come up in your interviews. I have yet to hear one episode where that is the sole topic. Should your guests not mention their beliefs on parenting, politics, hobbies and business as well (that’s what I’d ask the original comment poster)

  39. September 3, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    I am not religious, but I don’t begrudge anyone from their own beliefs – (unless that includes killing or hate) Having said that, photography forums should be about photography, I don’t mind hearing about someone’s beliefs in an interview but if the entire post was about religion I’d find something else to watch.

  40. September 4, 2008 at 10:25 am

    I don’t think Religious speakers should be banned. What a silly question. I think that you as a moderator need to steer the interview away from tangent topics like religion and back to photography related items. I’m an atheist myself and could care less about someone’s “religious” conviction but I don’t think they should be barred from mentioning it. However I won’t continue listening to a podcast that seems to talk extensively about religion every time I press the play button.

  41. September 4, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    WOW!!!

    Unfortunately, I am not surprised by this.

    To answer your question “Should “Religious” Photographers Be Banned from the Show?” Absolutely not. Why would you filter or censor what a photographer has to say? If a photographer’s response references his/her faith that is is his/her’s response. Do not filter it!

  42. Dave Newton
    September 4, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Clearly the theme of the show is getting beyond the surface of what makes the guests tick. If the photographer is deeply religious why would they not share that with your audience? I applaud you for keeping the segments whole. As long as the guests are sincere I think it is wonderful.

  43. September 4, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    I feel that the person miss the whole point of the show. Not only do people share their religious views, but many of the people I have listened to have talked about the tough lifes that some of them had growing, not knowing what they wanted to do until later in life, financial struugles. This show has so much to offer a young person who wants to go into photography and not make it all about glam and glitz. These people have real lifes and struggles and if religious is one of the ways that has help them find their way then they sould be able to express that.

  44. September 4, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    I love the show the way it is. It seems like regardless of if someone is a Buddhist or a Christian or none of the above, you give them a chance to speak about who and what they are. Spirituality is a part of many people in this country and outside of the country and if spirituality bothers you, then either open up your mind, or shut off the podcast. If I don’t like a show on TV, I don’t watch it. If I don’t like a book, I put it down.

  45. Roby Davis
    September 5, 2008 at 4:36 am

    Thank for not changing anything! Please keepup the good work(s).

  46. September 8, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Only if God bans photographers from heaven.

  47. George Bartolo
    September 12, 2008 at 8:17 am

    I have come to the conclusion that Ron sources out
    photographers with strong relgious convictions is that right? is it wrong? only Ron knows… people have the
    option to drop the podcast and listen to something else we live in a democratic society if Ron push’s
    religious photography let him just don’t listen if you
    disagree with it ,but come on… he push’s the topic.

  48. September 12, 2008 at 9:22 am

    @geogre bartolo Hi George. Thanks for listening, I wanted to publicly reply to this post to make it clear that I in no way source out photographers with religious convictions. There just happens to be a preponderance of people of faith in the wedding industry. Bob and Dawn Davis, Me Ra Koh, Jeff and Julia Woods, Joe Photo, David Jay, Mike Colon, Rachel LaCour…. these and many others are all huge names in this industry. It’s only natural I try to get them on our show. Regardless of their faith. And, as I said, they just all happen to be vocal about their faith.

    As I said in the commentary for last week’s episode, if someone repeatedly mentions God in an interview, I’m going to follow up on it. And, as was also pointed out, when the topic does come up, on average we talk about it less than 5 minutes in a 40-45 minute episode.

    Thanks again for listening.

  49. September 27, 2008 at 12:33 am

    i’ll chime in late as i’m new to the group.

    i’ll go in the other direction- the reason i’ve just subscribed to your blog, podcasts and joined the facebook group is precisely because of the christian photographers on your show. as a photographer who is a christian {or should that be a Christ follower who is a photographer?} i love your show for this reason and i think that the show would even be better if it went further down that path….

  50. October 5, 2008 at 12:19 am

    I am amazed at how willing the folks you interview on your show are to share the secrets to their success. I am all ears! To ban somebody for their belief in God is just dumb. Could it be God that makes these folks feel secure enough to share their secrets with us?
    I wonder…

  51. Craig Salmond
    October 16, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Well, like everybody has said, the show is largely about what makes the great photographers great. I really respect that these great photographers give credit where credit is due. Nothing more obnoxious than a guy or girl who thinks that they have all this talent that is theirs and theirs alone. Everything that we have comes from God and I love how unashamedly these photographers will admit that.

    See Romans 1:16

  52. December 1, 2008 at 1:35 am

    Religion is a controversial subject. So is Art. People argue about both.
    Maybe they do because they have a lack of understanding about either subject. I think both subjects are intimidating. Everyone tries to explain them but everyone fails. To add to the controversy, why not view these two subjects as interlinked? Then should we ban both? People are quick to try and stop what they do not comprehend. They feel left out maybe so consequently something inside is missing and they feel confused. That confusion turns to anger and then to censorship. In other words, if I plug my ears I don’t have to know it is there. If I cover my eyes I cannot see it there in front of me. Ideas are the catalyst for creativity. Feelings of the heart are what give those ideas strength. Some cannot handle the power of that result.

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