Photo #16: Anya and Yarik’s Prayer Moment

As we continue with portrait theme, we move from the entertaining to the introspective. During our time in Pskov, we attended the Sunday service at Pskov Baptist Church. This church is amazing. It is housed in a 150 year old building adjacent to the river and their church cemetery.

The church services in Russia last between two and three hours. If you are used to the 65 minute church service, you will be a little surprised.

Canon 5D/2, 300mm, 1/40 @F5.6, ISO 3200

While taking pictures of the church service, I happened upon this picture of Yarik (background) and Anya during the commissioning prayer for the summer ministry in Pskov.

Sometimes the most intimate moments of people take place while they are communing in prayer. Like many times before, I scanned the congregants and stage participants for that rare moment that would convey the deep longing of their hearts. This is one such picture.

I met both Yarik and Anya when I was in Pskov while on my spring missions trip. Yarik was our interpreter for our time in Pskov, Petrozavodsk, Saransk, and Moscow. He is a wonderful man of God, who came from a church in Pennsylvania and was serving as he felt called by God. On the other hand, Anya was the daughter of the pastor of Pskov Baptist Church. During the spring trip I was hosted by her family and stayed in their flat, and shared a room with Dustin and her brother Mark. Each time you meet people, you begin to develop a stronger friendship with them. This was the case with both Yarik and Anya.

This picture illustrates for me the deep love that each has for the Lord. As they listen intently to the prayers being offered, you can see the heart of this young man and woman. They have a deep and passionate relationship with Christ that is illustrated in this moment.

I created a Lightroom preset with this vintage feel that allowed me to achieve the introspective look and feel I desired. Above Anya was a skylight that casted a light upon her head, and on to Yarik's face illuminating his expressions while being slightly blurred.

Every time I view this picture, I am reminded of my friendships with the Russian people in Pskov, and how hard it is to say good-bye.

I hope you have enjoyed this more dramatic photograph. Tomorrow, we head to the courtyard for a painting picture with a twist.

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[This post is part of my Top 25 Summer Trip Pics series.]

 

 

 

 

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