“I can’t do this.” Jeremy Cowart said that those words were his usual assessment of his ability with schoolwork, sports, and the other activities of childhood. He said those words often—until his father gave him a replacement for them: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Those new words opened up new worlds for Jeremy Cowart, and he talked about those new worlds when he spoke in chapel on October 22.
Cowart said that his world changed when he discovered that he could draw and paint: finally—something he could do! After earning a degree in graphic arts, he worked as a graphic designer, eventually starting his own his own graphic design company, Pixelgrazer. His career took a significant turn when he picked up a digital camera; he quickly learned photography and soon was photographing celebrities.
He told chapel listeners that success as a photographer did not satisfy something in him that wanted to do something for others, so he started dreaming—dreams fueled by the words of Philippians 4:13. He dreamed of ways that photography could change the lives of others, and, he said, following that dream has resulted in photographic projects that have spread around the world, involving many people—photographers and subjects—and bringing hope to persons living in deprivation. His projects “Voices of Haiti” and Help-Portrait have resulted in national attention for Cowart and praise for his humanitarian efforts.
Calling himself a dreamer, Cowart described some of his dreams and encouraged listeners in the packed sanctuary to discover their own dreams through the power in Philippians 4:13. Students’ expressed their positive responses to his message.
Cowart is the son of Trevecca alumni Mike and Esther (Brown) Cowart, who were present with him in the chapel service.
For more information about Cowart, click here to visit his Web site.