God Is at Eye Level: Photography as a Healing Art
Publisher: Quest Books
ISBN 10: 0835607852
ISBN 13: 978-0835607858
For amateurs and professionals alike, this book is the story of photography's power to renew the spirit. Jan Phillips helps us transform sight into vision, leading us to see that images can be mirrors for our deepest truths, even in our simple snapshots. "The real thing about photography," Jan says, "is that it brings you home to yourself, connects you to what fulfills your deepest longings. Every step in the process is a step toward the light, an encounter with the God who is at eye level, whose image I see wherever I look. There's something holy about this work. Like the pilgrim's journey; it's heaven all the way."
A masterpiece! Jan Phillips makes the invisible visible and shows, at every level, how we can release the beauty and passion within us. - -- Eryk Hanut, photographer and co-author of Mary's Vineyard and Perfume of the Desert
God Is at Eye Level is a lovely, healing, inspiring experience. -- -- Tee Corinne, Arts Books Editor, Feminist Bookstore News
Jan Phillips brilliantly guides the reader through the steps that must all come together in order to transform an ordinary image into a charged work of art. -- -- Suzi Gablik, author of The Reenchantment of Art and Conversations Before the End of Time
Jan Phillips has made a technical art accessible on the level of the heart and I found her words deeply moving. As a very amateur photographer I feel welcomed back into an art form that has very special qualities as well as challenges. -- -- Pat Allen, author of Art Is a Way of Knowing
Jan Phillips is simply a phenomenon. Her wealth of talent, dead-reckoning honesty, and fearless voice have resulted in a wondrous book that is part photographic exhibit, part memoir, part spiritual teaching and part self-help workshop. -- -- Belleruth Naparstek, author of Your Sixth Sense and creator of Health Journeys
Shining through Jan Phillip's inspiring photography and writing is the spirit of a remarkable woman. This is a lovely and loving book, intensely personal yet universal. -- -- Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and The Blade, Sacred Pleasure, and Tomorrow's Children
This is an unusual book to inspire not only photographers, but all of us . . . There is certainly something holy about this approach, but Phillips reaches out to all camera owners with some quite practical suggestions. -- -- Robert Gilka, former Director of Photography, National Geographic Magazine
From the Back Cover
Anyone who has ever seen hope in sun-dappled trees or joy in a child running in water and longed to capture the image's meaning can learn to use photography to enhance the spirit. Award-winning author Jan Phillips helps us see the subjects we love as metaphors to express what moves us most profoundly. The people, objects, and landscapes we are drawn to photograph have power to center us in the present, soothe the injured spirit, and lead us to our deepest truths. Through taking pictures, we can explore which images bring us comfort, which give us strength, and which we treasure most. Jan's own photographs, personal stories, and practical exercises, as well as inspirational quotes from other photographers, will inspire amateurs and professionals alike.