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Blog Project Week 28: Faith
For the third week in a row, the word that was pulled was directly related to something I was going to be working on in the upcoming week. "Love" was pulled right before I captured the surprise proposal in Hoboken, "Yum" was pulled for the week I was in vacation in Maine and Vermont, and this week "Faith" was pulled days before going to the Christening of Liz and Bob's baby boy Robbie (Liz being an old family friend and Bob being my photography partner Becky's brother).
Becky had originally asked me to take a couple of pictures for her while she was doing her godmother duties, but she ended up being sick so I brought my camera and made sure to get the important pictures for the family.
As I took pictures of the intimate ceremony, performed by a Becky's family's friend, I was pulling double duty as photographer for Becky and looking to capture "that moment" that would convey to sense of Faith that filled the room for me to use for this project.
As they prepared to pour the water over Robbie to welcome him into the Catholic Church, the deacon placed Liz's hand on Bob's arm and Bob's hand on the deacon's arm. Kevin (the godfather and Liz's brother) placed his hands on Robbie's knee as April (Kevin's finance and Becky's stand-in) held Robbie over the bowl of Holy Water. The deacon dipped his hand into the warm water, and together as one they gently poured the Holy Water over Robbie's head. Brought into the Church by his parents, godparents, and extended family -- Robbie's life was full of love and now Faith.
To me, this is Faith. I'm not getting into a religious debate or saying this is what Faith is supposed to mean universally because that's not the point of this project. I captured what Faith means to me, family coming together in the name of God to believe there is something greater out there. Faith can come in many forms, for me this week it was seeing this little baby blessed by family in friends.
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