For the most part, I enjoy all of my work. The fact that I earn a living via writing, teaching, talking about my books, and a little photography is a blessing of the upmost magnitude. I am grateful in so many ways.
Saturday was the “taking photos” part. I serve as “official” photographer for the Presbytery of New Hope, which means I get to walk around all day like a National Geographic photographer stalking wildlife: “Observe the Presbyterian in its native habitat; notice how they build community and nurture their young, relying on intelligence, imagination, and grace…”
I love the challenge of documenting something simultaneously both fluid and rigid. Worship and business; relationships and the inspirational work of the spirit in equal measure with tradition and order. I try to let the photographs tell a story rather than simply capturing beautiful images.
This story will be shared in two or three posts, with the first – today – focusing more on the physical space that is North Raleigh Presbyterian Church, the community which so graciously hosted Saturday’s meeting.
It’s a lovely location, both outside and in. However, like every church, it is the people who make it work. Nothing is more beautiful than a room full with people singing God’s Praises.
Like the ancients wrote, it really is good to be in the house of the Lord (Psalm 122).
So here is the outside; the next set of images will feature the inside, and the faithful people who make God’s heart sing – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.