A little girl who was born blind, but now sees, visits a garden. “She is
greatly astonished, and can scarcely be persuaded to answer, stands speechless in front of the tree, which she only names on taking hold of it, and then as ‘the tree with the lights in it.” - from "Seeing" by Annie Dillard
Land o' Lakes, Wisconsin (c) Gabe Korinek
I grew up in a family of photographers. How to see things, how to capture
important moments, how to understand light and shadow, how to compose a
scene to bring out the subjects’ natural beauty - these were all little lessons picked up while doing the mundane and sporadically wonderful things that make up family and community life.
My first professional lesson in a beginning photography class was all about light. As I was driving home after that first class, I started seeing things differently. It was amazing to me to see the same objects that I had been seeing every day, in a whole new way. It was eloquent. That new understanding of light "rekindled an appreciation of the marvelous" which I was finding in my every day objects.
I chose the pictures on this website here because each one instructs us to see something familiar with new eyes. Each photographer has his or her own signature in their work, and I can sometimes identify the photographer of a picture just by looking to see how each one experiments with light and composition. My dad always uses renaissance lighting on the faces of each person - that triangular shape of light on the one cheek. My brother Bruce’s signature is clarity and focus. My brother Brad’s work, takes you to places all over the world and shows its universal beauty. My son Gabe has a fresh and profound way of looking at the world and captures that in his work. The casual click of family snapshots brings home the tie we all have with joy, laughter, and play.
Jeff’s work (Jeff is the photographer of the banner photo) gives us another way to see. Photographing the northwoods, which is our mutual neighborhood, he captures what is genius in the minutest detail. He seems to be able to take the spiritual sense of a thing and then take a picture of that essence! A wave in a river isn’t a picture of a wave in a river, it is movement and spontaneity and grace. A tree, a drop of rain, a branch against a river - each photo points to an image's primal spiritual element. His perspective – shared through the picture, teaches to see things in a new way, a spiritual lens.
My hope for this website is that it will help you to see things through a more
spiritual lens, and that you, too, will find a startling beauty and grace in people and things that you deal with every day. I hope you will discover a new depth and spiritual perspective that will surprise and delight you as you explore this site.
The crude creations of mortal thought must finally give place to the glorious forms which we sometimes behold in the camera of divine Mind, when the mental picture is spiritual and eternal. Mortals must look beyond fading, finite forms,
if they would gain the true sense of things.
-Mary Baker Eddy
Kim C Korinek, CSB
banner photo (c) Micah Korinek; other photos by Gabe Korinek, Kim Korinek, Brad Crooks. Leslie Larsen (c) 2016