#iqtank Christmas Present Ordinary People – Ordinary Places – Extraordinary Story

21 11 2011

I’ve asked Rob Wylie to write a guest post this week for #iqtank and as a reminder to what vfxhanley did last year. Rob is a pioneer in the North East and an all round good bloke! Enjoy!!!

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Last year I heard VFXhanley talk about a Christmas photo project that he put together. You can read about it here. This got me and a local Methodist minister thinking about whether we could do something similar here in the North East. They did it slightly different to us in that their images were in 3D and they had them up in one place, but other than that it’s basically the same idea.

We have taken a series of photos of local people, in local settings from the North East, who take on the persona of some of the key characters in the traditional nativity story. Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, the Magi, angels, shepherds etc. We will be placing these pictures in public spaces for people to view, and we have agreed to have some put up in our local Costa Coffee in Whitley Bay and other local cafes/bars. Then, in the final week before Christmas, we are putting all the photos together in one place for people to view. The pictures will be on display from the first week in December in various places and they will also be able to be seen in the weeks to come on my blog

Alongside this, we got together with a few creative folk to put some worship material together that will be used around a different image on each Sunday through Advent. Also over the four weeks in advent I will be posting something each week which relates to one of the pictures we have taken.

The idea behind this is about engaging our local community with the traditional Christmas story, it’s also about putting the nativity story in a modern context and I suppose asks a challenging question about what do we do with the traditional story that God came to earth as a small vulnerable baby. Why not, as you view the pictures, ask these questions

Is Christmas present for you?

What is Christmas wrapped up in for you?

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