Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

Their are a number of things that are beloved by me. For example, the camera that my grandfather gifted me when I went to college, the American flag and how much I love my country, and how my oldest son became a firefighter like I was, to name a few.

But the one thing that is beloved by me the most is my love for and relationship with Jesus Christ.

Growing up I attended the school at my local Catholic parish, this was both grade school and junior high school. Every week we would use this stairway to get to different locations in the building, and on one level of the stairway was this beautiful statue of Jesus with the Sacred Heart.

Every time that I passed by this statue I would stop for a second and say to Jesus how much I loved him, and pray ‘The Jesus Prayer’. Simply, 

 “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner, for O’Lord I trust in you”.   

Because of this my love for Jesus became stronger and over time I saw signs in my life, as I still do today, how Jesus loves me more than I could ever love him. For example, I no longer worry, because worry is a sign that I think I’m in control.

But when we look for signs of how Jesus is at work in our life, truly want His will for our life, and ask Him to show us, then we start to see how Jesus can work in our lives as soon as we get our of our own way.

Ask yourself this, “Am I reaching out to touch Jesus, so that He can touch me, and through this touch others?”

 

Enjoy your day, 

Frank J Casella

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Photo Series: Home Sweet Homewood

I’m working on two photo projects that I’d like to share with you in one post. First is an blog about my home town. The second is a series of pictures of the scenic view from my backyard.

 

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Moments in time photographs of Homewood, Illinois.

 

I’m born and raised in Homewood, just can’t seem to leave. So I’ve decided to put my skills to work and give back to this town in a small way from all that it has given me and my whole family for over seven decades. The rest of the story you will see through my pictures.

My only motivation for this project is that my love for Home Sweet Homewood goes deep.

I’ve done daily photo projects before, and realize how brutal it is to come up with a picture every day that creates interest and brings viewers back for more. So, I’ve decided to share simple day-in-the-life moments in time, that make lasting impressions, as the moment catches my eye.

If you’d like to follow each new entry to this project, I invite you to visit the blog and subscribe here.

 

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Same Location. Different Day – Views Outside My Back Door.

 

This project I have to admit was inspired by my friend Jo Ann Tomaselli.  The sky is always changing over the trees outside my back door. Because my back yard connects to the 193 Acres, lakes and trails, of Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve about 25 miles from Chicago, Illinois – USA. Not many in town here are able to enjoy such a vantage point, so I count my blessings with each photo I make.

I’ve collected the shots and added them to an Album on Flickr here. I have to say that not two days look the same. Sometimes you don’t even recognize it’s the same location. The one element you will mostly see is the very tall pine tree as a reference point.

Before I was married, my (future) wife and I would often travel very early in the morning to the Chicago lakefront to watch the sun rise. In the bitter cold winters she would stay in the car with the donuts and hot coffee, and I would travel by foot to capture pictures during the morning blue hour through the golden hour, and then we’d head home (most of those images are on Kodachrome)

Well, after the wedding and children there was less and less time to shoot the city sunrise, and I always thought of going because I missed doing it.  A bit over a decade ago when we moved into our present house, little did I know that it came with such views for not only sunrise, but sunset as well. And I save the time and gas driving to the city to boot!!

I hope you enjoy both of these projects that I’m sharing with you today, and that they give you hope of God’s love.

Frank J Casella, Photographer

 

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Silence from the Sky

Silence from the Sky

Sometimes photography will see elements in the sky that the human eye does not.

Sometimes reflections in the water see elements in the sky that photography does not.

Sometimes the moments of silence help us to reflect life more clearly

 

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Weathered

Shadows, Light & Line

Shadows, light & lines captures the eye from this weathered wall.

Believe it or not, this photo was made with the iPad Mini camera. Something that I always love to see is elements that create strong composition in the square format.

For example. how the morning sunlight through the trees casts a shadow onto the wall of this vintage garage in my neighborhood. Then how the vertical lines provided by the plants create an added touch of the grid pattern needed to complete this eye catching moment in time. 

I chose black and white for this art photograph because not only of the drama of the light, but also to concentrate on the elements of the subject. If you add color to this image I think it would be too distracting, as I try to give my images three-second-impact when you first view them. 

I can only imagine what this wall has seen since it was first built and, how, as in life, the beauty that comes with age.

 

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