I never thought I would see the day when I would find myself saying that a photo of mine was inspired by Harry Potter hahaha.


As I sat in church this evening I found myself thinking about the 'Dark Mark', a serpent shaped mark on the wrist of the Death Eaters from the Harry Potter series.

Seeing the Mark on someone's wrist could tell you a lot about them. It would show that they were a Death Eater and a follower of Voldemort and that would, in turn, say a lot about their character, their nature and their values.

As Christians, what mark do we carry? Obviously (I hope) we don't need to carve crosses into our wrists for people to identify us, but are people able to see us and tell that our allegiances lie with Christ? Are others able to see that we are people of love? Do people know in an instant that we are living our lives for something beyond this fragile, temporary world?

I'm not entirely sure where I'm going with this and I hate to leave a message unfinished, but I'm way tired and so I'm not thinking at my peak. I guess my main train of thought is this:

As you interact with the people around you, can they see that you carry the Mark of Christ?


It's funny, actually, because I'm part of a Christian guys' group on Facebook and earlier this evening I wrote something there that could perfectly apply to this picture as well, so here it is.


"Just some thoughts I've been having lately that might be helpful for some of you guys, I don't know:

This might sound like a ridiculous thing to declare, but I wouldn't exactly consider myself to be very manly. I have long curly hair (which I condition religiously), I pluck my eyebrows, the only sport I can play half-decently is table tennis, the only six-pack I've ever had was a six-pack of chocolate-topped ring doughnuts, most of my friends are girls and I'm actually quite intimidated by large groups of guys. I get a lot of "Man up!" etc, but what I've realised lately is that I don't need to put any stock in that phrase.

My identity does not lie in the world's view of 'manliness', my identity lies in Christ. I am not defined by what the world thinks a bloke should be like, I am defined by Christ's atoning sacrifice and my relationship with Him.

I guess I just want to encourage you that, if you're a bloke who struggles with the idea that you're not very 'manly' and thinks that that's an issue, remember where your identity lies and your whole perspective will be shifted."


I'm hoping to shoot an absolute tonne the next couple of weeks and then it'll be the European Flickr meetup and then I'll be back off to university and the posting shall become much less frequent again. I appreciate so greatly those of you who stick with me despite the total irregularity of my shooting and posting.


+5 in comment. Of the extras I particularly love the second and the fifth. Will probably upload the second at a later date.


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Lots of my pictures lately have been getting Explored and then flooded with meaningless, spam comments from people who don't actually care about my work and are only trying to promote themselves, and that makes me sad. If that starts happening with this I'll just turn the comments off.

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  • Kira Koop Photography 3y

    Very interesting - and something I've been wondering about myself for a while.
    As for the photograph itself, I find myself wishing that your arms were symmetrical, like they almost are in the second one in the comments.
    also, God is in the details! maybe consider removing your watch to bolster your concept?

    that's two cents' worth, I think.
    though, soon it will have to be a nickel...
  • liftyourpraises 3y

    Kira Koop Photography Hey, thanks for your thoughts! :) The non-symmetry was pretty much deliberate, I was trying to mimic the image of someone wrenching up their sleeve and holding their arm out to show someone their Mark, but in the main it does look a bit wonky. As for my watch, tan lines...:p
  • Shaina Bobaina :) 3y

    Something kind of related to the identity on the wrist that's really cool, is that when the Coptic Christians were under really heavy persecution, they'd tattoo a small, blue cross on their wrist; a constant reminder of who they were living--and dying--for, and a guard against denying Christ in a torture chamber. If I ever got a tattoo, that would be it.
    Here's a photo of it.
  • Beth Parnaby 3y

    I really love the close up shots of your wrist with the cross on. I really, really do. Plus, i love that it's such a small detail within a larger shot but it's clearly visible AND the meaning behind it isn't hidden or difficult to understand.
    You know what else i really like in the photo? The highlights on the curves and folds of your jeans. I'm not entirely sure why, but i really do.
  • Rora Elisabeth 3y

    I want one of these on my wrist, right above my Jesus bracelets.
    You can put it there in a few weeks.

    What you wrote is absolutely marvelous. I'm sending it to the only guy here in my DTS.
    "My name is Mat and I'm so tall that I can't fit myself in the frame, waaah, waaah" (and yet i managed to fit you on top of me in a frame so what now)
  • Haley Marshall 3y

    errrmahgawddd i lurve dissss fjkdskj!!!!!1!1!!!
  • Natalie Pautsch 3y

    I love and agree with what you had to say. Thoughts like this make me think.

    I feel like I've been thinking some what along those lines lately. Sometimes I think about my character and how I interact with people and wonder when they look at me do they think-or are they reminded of God's love? I really don't think they do. I just don't know HOW to do show it.
  • rchlah 3y

    Things I love about this: highlighted folds of your jeans, ballin' red shoes, the fact you made a legit comparison between Christians and Death Eaters, "the only six-pack I've ever had was a six-pack of chocolate-topped ring doughnuts." Oh, and I know how annoying those meaningless comments are. But if you turn the comments off, you had better add me to where I can add notes because it's obvious I talk a lot and need a way to.
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