Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Imagery, for me, is the definition of “a picture says a thousand words”. Imagery takes a blank canvas and permits creative influences; which share with the masses, the heart and soul of an artist. The research on the word imagery was absolutely fascinating, eye opening, and most intriguing.
Dictionary.com defines in part imagery as the formation of mental images, or likenesses of things, or of such images collectively.
Photography is a form of imagery, and as The Lady Leader I am the first to admit a selfie, a photo shoot, or a casual spontaneous photo has my name written all over it. Mind you, this was not always the case. This is most definitely a level of growth and maturity on my behalf.
I have the privilege to Co-Host a quarterly segment on Atlanta Live-WATC TV, entitled Sisters with Class. The premise of the segment is to speak positively into the lives of younger women and share our experiences; the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The good thing about photographs is that it displays a likeness of the individual; however, on the other hand, a photograph (as imagery is defined) allows the viewer to form a mental image of the individual. Some may say, it’s nobody’s business, or I’m not hurting anyone, or that’s the problem of the viewer and not mine. Unfortunately, while each of us are welcome to have our own opinion, this is contradictory to the word of God.
- It’s Nobody’s Business – The data shows 93% of hiring managers will review a candidate’s social media posts, photographs and blog entries (time.com/money). Employers have terminated staff member in entry level to high management positions for actions associated with imagery.
So, yes… it is somebody’s business.
- I’m Not Hurting Anyone – A recent article in Huffington Post entitled Moms/Why You Should Think Twice About What You Place on Social Media, shared how as a mother, a woman, or a lady, your posts could hurt someone. It’s wise to think about your son or daughter, as our kids emulate their parents. We should be their role model, their example, and the person they respect as having good moral judgement.Youth have harmed themselves, or others, due to embarrassment or bullying associated with a post their parent posted; while their peers teased them unmercifully.
So, yes… you may be hurting someone.
- This Is The Viewer’s Problem Not Mine – True, the viewer of your imagery has a choice to view or not to view. And, it is also true that you have the right to display what you like, since it is your freedom of speech. However, the concern is, just because it’s legally correct, is it morally appropriate?
Not only for yourself, but also for the beautiful queens which are coming behind you.
So, no… it’s not just the viewer’s problem.
Of course, I have worn my share of hot pants, halter tops, and miniskirts. Fashion trends will come and go, and what’s completely hilarious, is that if you live long enough, they will re-appear with yet another runway designer.
The wisdom is in knowing whether or not the second run of the fashion trend projects the correct imagery for you. You may possibly be in another position in life; i.e. parent or grandparent. The imagery I now display, is something my children and grandchildren, would be proud of and can view with love.
The reason I am a proponent of imagery, is because at one time in my life, I allowed someone to silence my smile. I loved the image I saw, but because someone else felt I was not photogenic, I succumbed to the words which pierced my heart.
Now, I let my light, my smile, and my eyes shine before all, so that you can witness what God has done for me.
I would love for you to allow Him to do the same for you.
Walking in Power,
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