Seeing Differently Fall 2011

This photo, taken just outside of Kampala, Uganda, is part of a larger body of work in which photographer Kurt Simonson has been engaged for the last three years. The project focuses primarily on the work of one family to address the needs of the many orphans within their larger family. Kurt is an assistant professor of photography at Biola University. His work can be viewed at

Throughout this issueof the journal, emphasis has been placed on the necessity of engaging with the particularities of the Islamic faith that can only be found in a personal encounter with our Muslim neighbors. In these encounters we come to see their irreducible beauty and complexity as image bearers of God. It is only when we recognize our neighbor’s humanity that we can engage them Christianly. This piece, as well as much of Kurt’s larger body of work, brings into focus various aspects of a person’s beauty and uniqueness as a product of God’s creative imagination.