My love for photography reflects what I love about life... Life is more than a sequence of events but rather a culmination of short stories filled with emotions... memories. When we travel into those memories, we often find ourselves in touch with those same emotions we felt in the moment that memory took place. Photographs are often a gateway to those memories, but they are also something more... They have the ability to magically take a viewer on a trip within their own mind... They stir emotion... They tell a story.
My interest in photography has been with me my entire life. My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic 104. I still remember the feeling of tearing open that thick paper to pop in a new roll of film, anxious to take pictures of what my eyes were seeing and even more anxious to get those photographs back. One day my father came home with a used Pentax K1000 35 mm camera. To me, it was a real camera... I had to learn to load film... to use the correct ISO film... set the aperture and shutter speed to get the correct exposure. But now I was also able to change lenses and use filters to change the mood. I loved the science of having to understand how the camera worked... I loved the art of creating a unique photograph!! Eventually I turned my focus to raising my family and growing my career which meant my old Pentax sat in a box never to be used again.
One day I was at my good friend's place when I noticed her camera sitting on the coffee table. I was so excited to see it because it reminded me of the 35mm cameras I once craved to own. I picked it up and pretended to take a picture with it... There was something about picking up that camera that seemed to fill a void I didn't realize I had. A few weeks later, I purchased my first DSLR... A Canon Rebel xSi. As if I had never skipped a day snapping pictures with my Pentax I went out in the late evening and snapped away. I spent the next couple of years snapping pictures of landscapes and being a street photographer. I loved my new hobby.
I find it interesting that I rarely sit at my computer to look at the photographs I have taken over the years. I find it more interesting that it is very rare that someone will actually ask me to show them a picture on my computer or my iphone... OK, it has never happened. What I do notice is that when someone comes into my home or office, people often notice my printed photographs. I have come to realize there is something almost magical about a photograph that allows it to connect the viewer to an emotion... to a memory... to tell a story.
This realization was a turning point in my photography. At that moment, the importance of memories and my love of photography met. Since then my goal in my photography has been to tell a story… To capture and/or evoke an emotion. When I am behind the camera my focus is to capture an image that I can use to tell a story.
Let's tell a story...