“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” Ansel Adams
Why am I a photographer? One of the family values growing up was appreciating outdoor beauty. The family traveled to National and state parks, we would stop along the way and appreciate the views. From my very first box Kodak Brownie camera I tried to capture the beauty that I saw in nature. I am still trying. Photography, for me is the opportunity to capture and hold the beauty that I see in the world. There is always more beauty, more opportunity to improve making what I capture match the beauty seen in the minds eye.
I am proud that I have passed on to my sons the love of the outdoors, photography, and beauty. On their first backpacking trip, we were above timber line looking at the Western Divide when my son said, ‘Dad, I had no idea that there was a place like this on earth’ . I don’t have memories of what I might have said to my Dad, I hope that the words were as moving as my son’s were to me.
Do you, or do your photos reflect a memory of a time before?
If you love photography, then you might find it interesting to take some moments of introspection and go down memory lane and find out what is it about photography calls on you to keep taking pictures? This may not make your photos any better, but it will likely bring greater enjoyment of the photos you do take.