Perceive // 1 / by Kellyn Bowler

To perceive is to 'become aware or conscious of [something]; come to realise or understand' or 'interpret or regard [something or someone] in a particular way.' I think it's important to understand how you perceive the world and also, why. How you perceive yourself will be the root of your life.  

A series I've wanted to create ever since I bought my own camera is to document the people I meet and share a little of what I've come to realise through them. We're all taught by those around us and I'm thankful for the people I have in my life. They are what ground me and inspire me all at once. 

I owe these great people in this post my apologies and my thanks, I took these photos way back before Christmas for a project at work (think Humans of New York, but for Queen's University) which never aired but I have always wanted to capture shots like these for my own work.

Meet Jeremy and Mathilde! On fridays during term, we volunteered together at a Belfast cafe run by the Presbyterian chaplaincy called Cafe Grace. Both international students, Jeremy is from Banff, Canada and Mathilde is from Bordeaux, France. On fridays, I felt cultured. Courage and a joy for life's opportunities were evident in every conversation with them. You would never see Mathilde without a smile. I found out quickly that she loves an adventure.


I was lucky enough to have a day off placement this year and I loved spending it making coffee (with a lot of help) and meeting people for a few hours. It doesn't seem like much, but it was a valuable day for me. Somehow, I didn't know of Tim Keller before Jeremy. Spiritual gold. I have a pretty big reading to do list now. Jeremy has soaked up a lot of wisdom; he's one of those types of people who has open ears and helps you know yourself a little bit better. What is even more evident is Jeremy's seeking to know God more and more, a journey he shares in all sincerity with those around him. Seek and you will find.

I loved wrapping up each week in service, reflection and fellowship and I'm glad to carry forward how I've learned from my time at the cafe.  


"The more you take, the less you have
'Cause it's you in the mirror that's starin' back
Quick to let go, slow to react
Be more heart and less attack

Ever growing, steadfast
And if need be, the one that's in the gap
Be the never turning back
Twice the heart any man could have

Be the wheels not the track
Be the wanderer that's coming back
Leave the past right where it's at
Be more heart and less attack"


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