Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Narnia – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Life’s lessons from the movie:
We took our grandkids to see it yesterday and this is the first 3D movie for me.  This ‘review’ will not be about the quality of 3D since I have nothing to compare it to and that isn’t why we took the kids to the movie.

1.       This is the third movie in the series and if you didn’t see the first two or at least the first one, you might miss some of the story.  Therefore, I highly recommend that you see at a minumum the first in the series (which is an excellent movie and has many Biblical truths in it).
2.       I am sure when I see the movie again; I will have more values to add to the list below.  It had many Biblical lessons as well as general life’s lessons that can be taught/learned from the movie. 
Seven swords – Number of 7 representing the number of completeness.  Many items in the Bible and the universe are 7 – On the 7th day, the Lord rested.  7 Octaves in the music scale, 7 days in a week. 7 colors in a rainbow and many more

Aslan’s table – The marriage supper of the Lamb –
The evil mist – filled with temptations combined with the warning by the man they found in the mansion who told them their need to find the seven swords.   He warned them to be wary of temptations and not to fall prey to them.

Proverbs 6:16-19  These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,  An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
1 John 2:16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Lucy is envious of her sister’s beauty and wishes that she were her sister.  Edmund and Caspian argue as they each show signs of envy and jealousy.  Edmund is continuously tempted with his inner desire of being king as well as his never ending fears.

At the end of the movie, Lucy asks Aslan if she will ever see him again.  He states, not as you see me now.  This is a tremendous parallel to the fact that when Christ left, he told His disciples that he would send a comforter, the Holy Spirit.  

There are many other truths that can be taught from the movie but I wouldn't want to take away anything from it by repeating it all here. Overall it is a clean good movie for the family.  There are some wild items that might ‘frighten’ some kids. e.g. the flying dragon (but nothing more than most kids see or hear from cartoons or advertisements).   If you are taking your kids to see the movie, I suggest discussing some of the tremendous truths taught in it with your kids soon after viewing the movie.   We sat with our grandkids after the movie while eating soup and salad at the near bye Paneara bread.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Finding Vivian Maier - Street Photographer - Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

Many will recognize the name of Cartier Bresson as a street photographer but very few will recognize the name of Vivian Maier.  Until recently, her amazing collection of over 100k images were not seen publicly. In this amazing story of how she captured over 100k images in Chicago and around the world as an unknown street photographer is amazing.

A link to this information was sent to me by a friend and since reading the behind the scene story and admiring Vivian's work, I felt I must pass on this information.  It appears that Vivian accomplished what many photographers aspire to achieve.  "Capturing life as it happens."  There are some street photographers that talk to their subject prior to the photograph and others capture the photograph with little to no interaction.

This is not a story about her gear (although there is some discussion); it is a story of a woman who was an outstanding street photographer.

The sad part about this story is that Vivian died before her work was on public display and unfortunately never was able to participate in its public showing. There is a blog dedicated to her work which is linked on the side of this blog.  In addition, there is a documentary being made about her work and life.  Vivian was a nanny as her day job but it is apparent she was passionate about photography and capturing life as it unfolds.

Please take the time to review the video below as well as visit the blog which contains more images from her collection.

This link will take you to a good article on her too.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Living on the Edge Peter J. Daniels - Autobiography discussion - Pittsburgh Wedding Photographers

First - This is not a review of the book.  How do you review an autobiography of one of the most influential, giving Christian businessman of modern days?  Until a few months ago, I never heard of Peter J. Daniels.  Then my wife and I began reading his books and attended a workshop he conducted in a nearby town.  One of the most amazing things that I want to state from the workshop is that it was entirely free and on his dime.  Many might think, no big deal, except for the fact that he flew in from Australia and he has done this for years.  This plus the fact is that he in his late seventies.

Peter J. Daniels is a multi-billionaire and was not raised in riches.  He was raised in poverty, 'graduated' high school as an illiterate, and was told that he would amount to nothing by a school teacher.

It has been stated by those that observe him that "he could motivate an Egyptian mummy to walk".  He has an amazing business mind and to paraphrase him; "Our businesses do not sell junk to kids that rot their minds or teeth.".  He has many goals in his life and one of them is to give more money to the work of the Lord than anyone else.  Known as a genius for creating business formulas that not only solve difficult problems but are in terms that most will understand.

During one of his lectures, I remember him stating that he was not hindered by going to university.   I highly recommend not only this book but every book that he wrote.

Below is one part of a lecture.