While I was getting my degree in photography I had to take a class that focused on the view camera. I have to admit at first I absolutely dreaded it. The 4x5 view camera was a heavy camera, not just in bulk but it's mechanisms were clumsy. I don't think I had a moment with the view camera that did not result in bruises. I also was frustrated with the film holders and the complicated process in the developing of the film. You get the point... complain complain. Through the frustration of the view camera emerged a new love of photography. I discovered a new world amongst the tilt shifting lenses and bellows of the beast.
On a chilly day in April 2009, over 200 people were baptized in the murky little pond that sits quietly behind Southland Christian Church off of Harrodsburg Rd in Lexington. I felt privileged to sit in the grass on that sunny Kentucky afternoon, basking in the sun and witnessing this life changing event.