Mason Scott Boring is hidden behind the
camera lens. Lying on his stomach on the ground, elbows propping him
up, he sets his angle and focus and fires the shutter.
Click. Click. Click.
Twenty-four-year-old Boring's love of
capturing memories began at an early age.
"I learned even as a little fella,
there was something special about looking back on the silly moments
and reliving our loudest laughs," said Boring.
So Boring grabbed a video camera and
began to record.
"I first became intrigued with
capturing moments with my friends in middle school," said Boring, a
Sequoyah High School alum who studied wildlife biology at Cleveland
State Community College before transferring to Carson-Newman
University (then College) to double major in social entrepreneurship
"I'd record everything from treehouse
camp outs to Citico cabin shenanigans."
It wasn't until about five years ago,
however, that he discovered his interest in photography.
"My dad got my mom a camera for
Christmas," Boring explained. "She handed me the camera to figure
it out so I could teach her. I enjoyed the hound out of it and
figured it out better than I assumed. Essentially, I ended up
inheriting my first DSLR camera."
Since then, Boring has photographed his
adventures, capturing captivating images from mission trips and
breathtaking photos of the great outdoors.
This week, one of Boring's photographs
graced the homepage of a well-known website.
"I took a photograph of Chaz Lee [a
recent Sequoyah High School alum] crabbing for blue grab in Daytona
Beach under last month's full moon," said Boring, who uploaded the
photograph to his National Geographic "Your Shot" profile.
On Monday, Boring was looking through
an article on National Geographic's homepage when he saw something
"I came across this photo--my
photo!" he exclaimed.
National Geographic had posted Boring's
photo with a special section of "Your Shot" Supermoon
"The funny thing is I wasn't
contacted. Maybe because it wasn't of the Supermoon. But don't tell
anyone!" he laughed. "It was a pleasant surprise to say the
Boring's hope is that his photographs
will have the power to tell more than a story.
"To tell a story that folks can look
back on to not only feel, but learn," he said. "Whether it's an
orphan in Haiti, whose face tells the life of hunger and hardship
while reflecting the joy of the Lord--that teaches me something. Or
perhaps the portrait of a 4-year-old Nepali child prisoner who sees
his rescuer for the first time, whose eyes seem to whisper 'Freedom
is near.' A good photo gives the viewer a feeling and equally, a
Boring's faith is also evident in his
art, each holding a testimony. He recalls 1 John 3:17, mentioning
that "If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother
or sister in need but shows no compassion--how can God's love be in
"It's the same with a good photo," he said. "If we see something and only feel, we have an OK photo.
Just like the way we live our lives and treat our neighbors. If we
only watch and see, our lives are merely halfway lived. But if we
learn something and do, we change. That's my hope."
Boring returns to his camera. He sets
the shot and fires the shutter.
Click. Click. Click.
Once again, he is hidden behind the
lens, looking for another story to tell, another lesson to learn.
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Note: See additional photos in the Sunday, June 30, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.