Why do I enjoy photography? I enjoy the challenge of capturing what I see, or what I want to see. The camera and lens are tools I use to capture a moment—whether real or abstract or somewhere between. Boredom is never an issue, as photography continually challenges me, both technically and creatively. It is also something I do just for me—creativity on my terms. And if other people enjoy my images, well, that’s just icing on the cake.
How do I determine which images have turned out well? My answer might sound odd, but the photographs talk to me. This can be my work or other artists’ work, but there is this intangible recognition of something I like. I really wish I had some fancy explanation for you, but I try to just believe what my gut is telling me.
And finally, what does my photography mean to me? Photography is the recognition of the transience of life, and my desire to capture a moment. The poem by Robert Frost explains this far more eloquently than I. It is a poem that has stayed a part of my memory for decades, despite the fact that poetry has never greatly interested me. This poem best represents the motivation behind why I photograph—because I recognize the transience of life…a beautiful flower…an old car abandoned in the desert…a dog in her last days. My desire to capture a moment is because nothing gold can stay.
WHY DO I ENJOY PHOTOGRAPHY?
I enjoy the challenge of capturing what I see, or what I want to see. The camera and lens are tools I use to capture a moment—whether real or abstract or somewhere in between. Photography continually challenges me, both technically and creatively.
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
~Nothing Gold Can Stay, Robert Frost
WHAT DOES MY PHOTOGRAPHY MEAN TO ME?
Photography reflects my desire to capture a moment and preserve that memory forever. This poem best represents the motivation behind why I photograph—because I recognize the transience of life—a beautiful flower…an old car abandoned in the desert…a dog in her last days…a smile that will last forever. My desire to capture a moment…because nothing gold can stay.
And on a less serious note—photography is just plain fun!
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