“Stand over here. Present yourself.” Annie Leibovitz

I listen to photographer Annie Leibovitz describe how she engages with the person she’s photographing.

Instead of posing the subject, she merely says, “Stand over here. Present yourself.”

Is there a more honest approach? Is that not what we wish to always do?

We stand and present ourselves.

Who might we present in that moment? Would the truest self emerge? I ask myself the question and wonder about that photograph. What setting surrounds me? What am I doing?

It’s a nice activity to journal about. I was surprised that I pictured my Annie Leibovitz photo of me serving food in my kitchen to children. I think there’s something deeply true about God bringing Himself out through our comforting work in the world. For me, today, it’s serving.

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