According to Ansel Adams, life was best viewed in black and white. He valued the ability to manipulate black and white photographs to the precise reality in which he saw it, but feared that there was no process capable of depicting the nuance of color and detail that could be captured by the human eye. Toward the end of Adams’ life, he began to dabble in color photography but never reached a full sense of achievement with this medium for his artwork. Adams once wrote, “I have yet to see — much less produce — a color photograph that fulfills my concepts of the objectives of art.” [TIME, Ansel Adams: The Black-and-White Master, in Color]
Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 13:12 provide a similar hope. After writing the famous “love” passage that is often read at weddings (see 1 Corinthians 13:1-11), he suggests – in the terms of Ansel Adams – that right now our love is in black and white but one day it will be in color:
“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face; Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” NIV.
Our earthly eyes translate a mere black and white photograph because they aren’t able to see the brilliant glory that awaits. In Revelation, John gives a glimpse of the radiance we will see when His face shines as brightly as the sun. Revelation 1:16 (“…His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance”).
We will see things as they are supposed to be: in full color, complete with beauty, magnificence, splendor and every detail pronounced!