Can we tell a book by its cover ??

Well, my plans to spend the day photographing the life of the “Valentine’s Day Massacre”, a festival put on by various motorcycle groups from all over the state, one of which groups was sponsoring and raising funds for my sister’s horse therapy business (for autistic & disabled children), Equessence, didn’t go exactly as planned unfortunately. The day before, my poor unsuspecting hubby had to have an emergency appendectomy in crisis mode only moments before it burst, so I was only able to stay a few minutes.
But I did stay long enough to come away with an old resolve made new again: “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. There were more tattoos, long beards, piercings and scruffy clothes (or barely clothed) characters than you probably ever saw in one place. But time and time again as I talked to these people, I was touched and humbled by their hearts! BIG hearts! Compassionate hearts! And hearts that LOVE their Lord Jesus more than anything. So accepting of everyone, regardless of what they looked like or how they were dressed. I tried not to think about how rare that often is in many churches that proudly grace the streets of America, full of righteous church people. But you know what? You could feel the heart of God in that place. It occurred to me that when Jesus did hang out on this earth, the people he chose to run with were the ones that may have been. . . no, on 2nd thought, WERE ostracized by the “acceptable” crowd — the religious crowd. But Jesus proudly hung out with them anyway. I came away thinking Jesus would have had a BLAST hanging out with his friends at the Valentine’s Day Massacre. These are a couple of the photos I took — and most of the folks shared their faith with me and shone with the joy from deep within them. Oh how I wish circumstances had been different and I could have documented the whole event in photos. Maybe next year 🙂

About Sandy

I'm Sandy Powers, full-time photographer, doing what I love with my life! My passion is PEOPLE! There is such artistry in people, and I love capturing it. Naturally, portraiture is my passion, but I also love shooting for the art of photography for competitions or exhibit. I once watched an interview with Kim Walker, a well-known Christian worship leader. What she said resonated with me and pretty much describes my own story. In the interview, she said she didn't have to force things to happen for herself. She didn't have to push. She didn't have to overly promote herself or call people and beg them to hire her. In fact, she didn't have to do anything except keep her eyes on Jesus and watch Him bring her destiny to her. That's exactly how I feel. I walk each day by faith, and my eyes are on Him! I have watched in amazement as He has orchestrated circumstance to bring my destiny to me. I thank Him daily for allowing me to not only do what I love, but to use what I love to bless others! So, how is "the destiny" unfolding? Well. . . . My work has been juried into temporary museum and art gallery exhibits, I have been featured in Outdoor Photographer Magazine, my portraiture and fine art have won several awards in national and international competitions, and one of my portraits was selected by an Adobe Lightroom blog as one of the top 50 most stunning black and white photos. I'm a member of Professional Photographers of America and the Texas Photographic Society. Anything else??? Send me a note ( any time! I LOVE meeting new people, sharing stories, and best of all, changing the "ordinary" to extraordinary through photography!
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2 Responses to Can we tell a book by its cover ??

  1. Jen says:

    Sandy, those images are terrific! I, too, wish you would’ve been able to stay longer and capture the entire event, but, there’s always next time! I absolutely LOVE the biker dude. He’s cool! Did he pose for you or was it totally candid? Either way, I love the pose, his look, and your processing!

  2. Great post Sandy! That is definitely the type of place where you would find Jesus.

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