My brother Mark is an incredible, talented photographer. He does a great job with landscapes, but his real specialty is people. Somehow Mark seems to able to capture who a person is with a camera. It awes me. You should see the pictures of my kids he’s taken. It’s made it impossible for me to go to studios. His pictures can catch glimpses of the soul. It’s beautiful.
He’s spent the past 5 years or so travelling around the world interviewing members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (my church yea!) He’s shot thousands of photos and interviewed so many wonderful people. The result of these interviews, photos, and travels was recently published into a breathtaking photo book The Mormons. I love it. I love it that it is the lives and faith of everyday ordinary people. People like me. (I’m not in the book. If you buy it see if you can spot my mom though.) I love the interview with the Sunday School teacher in Cambodia. The convert in New York. The picture of the old man vacuuming in a foyer. The bishop riding his bike to visit a member. The missionaries in South America. The lives, hope, faith, doubt, imperfections, and strivings that all of us who are trying to follow Christ have. Check it out if you can.
Those of you lucky enough to be in Utah, the BYU bookstore is carrying it. And talks are going on with Deseret Book (send them an email and ask them to carry please.) If you don’t have that option you can to to http://www.byubookstore.com/ePOS/form=item.html&item=9786169400011&store=439 to order the book.
Oh and here’s a link to a short bit of the DVD that is based on the book. http://vimeo.com/7331102
So way to go Mark! You’ve got such talent and this book you have created is a beautiful masterpiece. I’m so proud of you!!
(Oh and wouldn’t it make a great mother’s day gift for those of you still trying to figure on out?)