The age of the image (@unshaunsheep)

In an age of Photoshop, where doctored online images are commonplace, Isaiah’s image of the wolf and lamb lying down at peace with each other is easy to dismiss as an easily-faked image.

In many digital images, you cannot see the seams. Others...

In many digital images, you cannot see the seams. Others…

And in the world of gaming, movies and TV, the ability to put together the most amazing images and scenes together using CGI has a similar effect.

The unimaginable is visualised in the digital realm in a realistic way – and especially in the case of gaming, this creates immersive realms.

We are increasingly living in a vividly visual culture in which we have an emotional sense of participation too.

So, what imagery – in this age of superlative visual images – can make the same depth of impact as Isaiah’s images must have to his original audience?

 

More than image

It’s not the image, it’s the story. While strong, lavish images are integral to games, movies and TV, these all lack impact if they have a weak sense of story.

And, while we might become blasé about seeing astonishing images, the story we have as Christians remains as compelling and wonderful as ever.

As we move through Advent towards the season of God With Us, let’s watch and wait, but do so in an active way – aware of the eternal story we are caught up in and called to proclaim and live out, through whatever media.

About Nick Morgan

Nick Morgan, Church of England ordinand based at a welcoming, bijou-sized northern Cathedral. Writer and composer. Tweets as @Unshaunsheep