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It is a sublime treat to see such a vivid rendering of the most famous written words on earth. Like a parched tongue tasting water at long last, we are drawn in and satiated gulp after gulp with deeply fulfilling nature photography and scripture combinations. The crisp skies, majestic mountain landscapes, and glorious cumulous clouds pouring forth on the Bible Album’s pages make for a most calming, yet poignant journey. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but these words paired with these pictures—are worth so much more.
Through use of schematic color, Etrenne brings power to the actions and words spoken throughout each section of the Bible. For instance, in Genesis, we see the world transform through soft hues then boldly colored sunrises, as God paints the heavens and earth into being. In Exodus, the use of yellow serves as a staccato note for more impactful exclamations. Pharaoh says, “Who is the Lord, that I should listen to his voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and moreover I will not let Israel go,” and we are met with a poignant yellow sunrise. Yellow has been known to signify energy, and Etrenne uses gold, and amber to bolster feelings of suspense, as the scripture escalates to the most important parts of Genesis. Blue symbolizes stability, and with the coupling of the yellow tones, the mountain landscapes and tranquil fields dripping in rich cobalt and indigo show the steady continuum of God’s plan as Genesis unfolds.
In another example, we see photographs bursting with green in Exodus. Green is often described as a refreshing and tranquil color, and it appears in Exodus and Leviticus when a conclusion has been drawn, or action made. In Exodus 19.5, a viridescent field pairs with the scripture, “Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice, and keep my covenant, then you shall be my own possession from among all peoples; for all the earth is mine;” and in Leviticus 8:10, when Moses takes the anointing oil, and anoints the tabernacle. These verses mark a turn in the Bible’s narrative, guided by green.
Orange symbolizes positivity and we see the hue again and again throughout Corinth when Paul addresses division and confusion in the believers but ends on a positive note when he acclaims that these issues can be resolved. Paul’s promises of sanctity to the people are paired with sunsets of deep tangerine.
Color communicates both ideas and emotions, while nature demonstrates God’s glory, power, and wisdom. In the Bible Album, the curated interplaying of both moves readers to new heights in this truly memorable rendition of the most famous texts of all time.
Reviewed by: Rayne Renz
Author: Esdras Etrenne
Star count: 4.5/5
Page count: 1785 pages
Publish Date: January 6, 2023
Buy This Book: Amazon
Issue: April 2023