Scripture Picture image of Matthew 16:18, on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

See My Framed Scripture Picture of Matthew 16:18 at The Met.

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I chose Matthew 16:18 for this Scripture Picture because it's a powerful, encouraging, rock-solid declaration that stimulates me to serve Lord Jesus well.

To appreciate that verse's potential impact, it's wise to read it in its context. Here is
Matthew 16:13–20 NIV.


Peter Declares That Jesus Is Messiah

13When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?"

14They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets."

15"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?"

16Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."

17Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." 20Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.




Note about the subject of the photo to the right:  The Chapel on the Rock (officially Saint Catherine of Siena Chapel) is a popular tourist landmark in Allenspark, Colorado, visited by thousands every year. The unedited chapel photo that Warren worked from was taken by Dejan Smaic. You can see and buy Dejan's photos on his site.





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My First Showing in a Renowned New York Museum

Who'd have guessed that my initial e-ministry efforts — starting twelve years ago — would eventually be realized at a special showing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan? [Not]

When I first began to create Scripture Pictures, which are designed to attractively emphasize Bible passages by putting their text on relevant photographs that I edit and style, I never imagined that any of my creations would be displayed in a museum, albeit The Metropolitan.

Inspired by the Spirit of Jesus, I'd sometimes come across a photograph that brought to mind a specific Scripture. I'd imagine how to uniquely edit that photo to maximize its impact before adding the text that I'd color and style. Utilizing more than twenty years of creativity using Adobe's Photoshop software, I'd sit down at my trusty Macintosh and fully orchestrate an artistic marriage of photo and text. Each new Scripture Picture, in my opinion, imaginatively underscores the power and purpose of its passage.

Having created more than four hundred fifty Scripture Pictures to date, I was inspired to imaginatively display one of my favorite productions at The Met. To successfully present a very large composite suitable for viewing, I started with my original Scripture Picture of Matthew 16:18, shown here.

Skillfully using an assortment of Photoshop tools, I transformed my original digital creation into a realistic-looking oil painting, on canvas, to which I added a thick, elegant, wooden frame and a photo of an apparent docent who seems to be describing the artistic qualities of my displayed Scripture Picture to a nearby audience.

Warren Camp's Scripture Picture on Display at The Met

Matthew 16:18

See his full-size original Scripture Picture of this passage.

To create this authentic-looking "Scripture Picture Displayed at the Metropolitan," I started by opening my original production in Photoshop. From a Cornell University classroom photo that I'd taken years ago, I selected a portion of it showing a professor lecturing, in front of a chalkboard, to his class using a microphone. I selected only him from that photo, adding that selected layer to my original Scripture Picture, then compositing it proportionately. I then used a photo of a museum wall display as the background for my Scripture Picture.

My Photoshopped composite photo creates the illusion that a docent from The Met is standing in front of my framed Scripture Picture that's hung on the museum's wall, and he's describing the artistic elements of my creation.

To make this composite more authentic, using Photoshop's many tools and filters, I applied a canvas texture to my composite, before framing it with a massive gold frame. I also fabricated a faux information board, featuring my company's red-and-black logo, putting it in the lower-right corner of my Scripture Picture composite.


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