Three Nails by Mark Van Scyoc

Iconic photo of three rusty spikes lying on a wooden beam.

This image is symbolic of the three spikes that were used to nail Jesus to a cross of wooden beams. Crucifixion was a cruel and violent form of punishment reserved for the worst criminals in the Roman Empire. Jesus took our punishment upon himself to draw us back to God.

(Canon 7D, ISO 200, F6.3, 1/250 sec, 43.00 mm)

Date: 04/18/10 Location: Holtwood, PA

Featured in:
Living Christianity – Apr. 2010
Canon DSLR – Apr. 2010
Welcome Pennsylvania – Apr. 2010
High Quality Images – June 2010

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I believe we are created in the image of the creator, and that as we express ourselves creatively we reflect a bit of God’s nature.

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  • ericseyes
    ericseyesalmost 5 years ago

    Nicely presented Mark, good symbolism. Jesus suffered so we wouldn’t have to. Thanks for sharing.

  • Thanks for your encouragement.

    – Mark Van Scyoc

  • Olga
    Olgaalmost 5 years ago

  • Thanks for the feature. This always helps to share my art with more people.

    – Mark Van Scyoc

  • © Bob Hall
    © Bob Hallalmost 5 years ago

    Great capture Mark…this tells the story, love it!!!

  • Thanks Bob. Glad you enjoyed the image and the story it conveys.

    – Mark Van Scyoc

  • elisab
    elisabalmost 5 years ago

    What a terrific image. So simple and meaningful at the same time. We all try to have a complecated elegant image, but this shot brings it all home!!!

  • Thanks, I was hiking along some railroad tracks and noticed an occasional discarded spike. I remembered the words to an old song, “Three nails, three days, one way to God…” That is when I thought it would be cool to get a photo with three spikes on a wooden beam.

    – Mark Van Scyoc

  • elisab
    elisabalmost 5 years ago

    You have been featured!!

  • YvonneMMerkle
    YvonneMMerklealmost 5 years ago

    The detail is incrediable and sybolism strong. Congrats on the feature!

  • Lori Deiter
    Lori Deiteralmost 5 years ago

    Congrats!! Eric featured your photo in Welcome Pennsylvania ~ keep up the great work!!! Lori

  • Corkle
    Corklealmost 5 years ago

    I really like this one! Congrats!

  • KAVU
    KAVUalmost 5 years ago

    This is a great work! Love the message

  • oliviasl
    oliviaslalmost 5 years ago

    Very powerful picture! :-)

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