Not Words Only

April 14, 2014  •  1 Comment

A few years have gone by since I graduated from college and moved north to go to seminary. The previous year I had discovered my love of photography. It became a quest of mine to see if pictures and words could be combined to communicate the Gospel. I met Dan Gangler that first year and we discovered we had a shared quest to use multimedia in new ways. We were ahead of our time. We invented some of our equipment. We made an enormous rear projection screen from shower curtains. We used dimmer switches to ease the transitions between multiple projectors. We rehearsed with detailed scripts over and over using 6 projectors that could create three images side by side or a combination of photos. Dan worked endlessly on audio recordings. At the time, few could pull off the kinds of presentations that we were doing (without computers--this is the early 1970s). And then, after 2000, (thirty years later) projectors began to show up in sanctuaries to be used for worship.

We knew that we were on the right track, we were just ahead of the curve.

What can I say, we were prophets, of a sort. Definitely, ahead of our time. Dan, we could have been Apple or Microsoft (if we had only been that smart).


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Daniel R. Gangler(non-registered)
Love the post. We were ahead of our times. I replicated what I saw at a couple world's fairs and thought, I can do that, and then set out to do it. Capturing images is one process and art form. Projecting becomes the adjoining art form. I look forward to retirement so that I can creatively approach projection art on a smaller scale and smaller budget than can be affordable by almost anyone with a camera.
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