Book review: Click!
Choosing Love One Frame at a Time by Carl Studna
Part 2: How a picture conveys 10,000 words, trust or not to
trust, beige or beauty?
enter world renowned photographer Carl Studna’s book: Click!
Choosing Love One Frame at a Time
, you also gain a second delicacy regarding
What do you feel when you take a picture of someone else? What do they feel when you take a picture of
them? How does the lens react to the
texture of the light, the foreground and the framing of the picture? Where does creative spirit come into play
while a photographer snaps a picture?
Studna travels one step further on “how” to take a photograph. He guides you into the spiritual essence of
Studna asks, “What if you saw the camera lens as your
beloved reflecting back to you the fullness of love, praise and devotion? This might sound like a stretch, but what
better way than through the practice of being in front of a camera to empower
the reminder that you are always whole and perfect? Now is the opportune time to be seen—really seen—in
front of the camera.”
This book takes you on a more amazing ride than a day at
Disney World. You enjoy so many different rides while you leave with a greater
sense of the journey being inward, outward and spiritually centered. You will feel a unique connection to
In the book, Carol Ratcliffe Alm, “From Beige to Beautiful”
wrote about herself feeling “plain” as a person. So often, women in America and around the
world, find they cannot measure up to the “Cosmo girl” on the latest issue of
that slick magazine. Let me tell you, no
man could measure up to a girl with pouty lips, amazing body and unreal
Who could compare with air
brushing, perfect skin, sensual make-up and alluring outfits? No wonder teen girls all the way to
middle-aged women find themselves “beige” with the onslaught of cover girls at
the checkout counters of every grocery store in America.
Fact: we all radiate our own “beauty” with the acceptance of
our inner and outer selves.
Studna exercises his spiritual understanding of “beauty” to
create the same understanding in Ms. Alm.
No small achievement! One of the
items you will draw from reading this book: your own worth, your own beauty and
your own appreciation of yourself.
Out of all the exceptional lines in this book, you will find
this one a gem, “I feel 100 percent certain that when I am fully anchored in a
sphere of trusting energy, the camera has the opportunity to serve as a scared
reflection of one’s pure radiance, the true wholeness that cuts through all
doubts, fears and preconceived notions…life constantly offers countless
situations to practice living in a state of trust.”
Notwithstanding, Studna utilizes his experiences with Elton
John to help you understand “trust” and how it operates in your life. How do you attract trust? How do you believe it? With every world personality he photographs,
in the end, they and you remain as one with humanity.
“What is the essential moment?” Studna asks. “Whenever I click the camera’s shutter, I am
making a choice to document something…how will it be of any value to others or
Most of us take a picture because we think it’s a special
moment: perhaps our son’s first birthday or daughter’s first steps or a pool
splash. In this chapter, Studna takes
you on a very romantic moment with a couple splashing about in a waterfall and
under the water—in their birthday outfits.
Very scintillating! Very natural!
“How do you become finely attuned to those essential moments
in your life?” asks Studna. “They’re
easiest to see when involved with something that inspires or ignites you.”
You, as a reader of this book, whether young or old, cannot help but be affected by Studna’s
picture of the former Beatle Paul
McCartney starring at you across a grand piano. The reason:
McCartney, Harrison, Lennon and Starr affect our lives in the music we enjoy
in 2013. Timeless, penetrating,
spiritual and deeply moving! To this
day, the Dr. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album speaks to me. Lennon’s song “Imagine” writes his words
across my soul of possibilities for world peace and human understanding.
Pages later, you meet the Dali Lama face to face with his
ubiquitous smile, his evolving spiritual message and his unique human
bliss. All captured in a single moment
by Studna’s lens.
From that chapter, Studna’s incorporates a famous actress
turned church minister by the name of Cynthia James who evokes a unique
spiritual message, “Today, as an author, speaker, singer, composer and teacher,
the practice of moving into the silence is an integral component in my preparation
for any event and class.”
She may be one of the most distinctive preachers in the
world today in that she writes, composes and sings songs to fit her sermons.
She belts out those songs with the voice of an angel to cement the knowledge
she bestows on her congregation. She
says, “…to fulfill her [my] first calling; to express fully…I am here to shine
“Carl Studna has the unique gift of
seeing the wisdom, light and truth in his photo subjects, and he uses the
camera as a vehicle for reflecting back life’s goodness and love. You’ll find
CLICK! most engaging and valuable as it serves in freeing you from a lifetime
of self-limiting choices, and guides you in living a life steeped in love and
full expression.” ~ Joan
Borysenko, PhD, author and leading expert on stress, spirituality and the
As you move through the pages of Studna’s book, you cannot
help but feel a shift in your spirit, your knowledge base and your personal
regard for yourself and each moment in your life.
Part 3: Now you see it, now you don’t, the outer reflecting
Choosing Love One Frame at a Time
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