Artist of the Month

St. John's Lutheran Church

In the City for Good!

St. John's Lutheran Church participates in God's mission to bless, save, restore and reconcile the world through meaningful worship and faithful witness in the city of Des Moines and around the world.

St. John's Lutheran Church invites and welcomes all people to experience the Good News of God's grace, forgiveness and unfailing love. The Good News calls and empowers us to share God's love in word and deed throughout our city, nation and world.

June - July 2012

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Scott LaBlanc Photography

“I photograph as a way to explore the ordinary and uncover the hidden beauty of God’s creation.”

During a trip to Washington DC in 2001, I found myself standing in the middle of a sculpture garden taking standard uninspired snapshots.  As I wandered round the garden my eye kept returning to a large suspended metal sculpture.  I tried photographing it from every angle and kept feeling like I was missing something.  Finally, out of creative curiosity, I got down on my back and started crawling underneath this sculpture.  This new perspective unlocked a unique and hidden beauty that few people had seen of this sculpture.  This was the first time I purposely and thoughtfully moved from taking snapshots to capturing images and making art.

Over the last ten years I have tried my best to look for the hidden beauty of God’s creation before I press the shutter button. Celebrating God’s creation with every image I take.  Exploring that creation and uncovering its beauty in both the most obvious and unlikeliest of places.

I am a photographer and father located in Pleasant Hill, Iowa and a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.  Thank you for taking the time to view my work. All of the images you see are for sale.  If you would like to see my entire portfolio please visit or if you would like to discuss my photography please contact me at 515.491.0335 or

 600 6th Ave. Des Moines, Iowa  50309 - 515.243.7691 - a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America