“Photography is a love affair with life.”
That quote couldn’t be truer! I get asked a lot “why do you like photography?” or “what made you decide you want to be a photographer?”. I think as the years go on, my answer changes slightly because I begin to learn so much about the art of photography. Since I was a kid, I always had a camera in my face. My mom loved taking photos (she has way too many to count) and I always gravitated to the camera. When others would take photos, I found myself studying the camera and how they took the photo. By my senior year of high school, I had my Fujifilm (not my favorite camera) and was taking photography and intro to Photoshop (this is back in 2010/2011) and always taking photos.Family vacations demanded I take my camera where I began shooting everything and everyone.
In college, I began taking photo classes with Larry Lytle. He is by far one of my favorite professors of all time and has helped me in so many ways with my photography. I got my first real camera my junior year of college, a Canon EOS Rebel T5 and fell in love all over again. Once I began to understand how my camera worked, I felt unstoppable.
We as people already see the world differently. Our experiences and personalities allow us to have different viewpoints, which can make life and what we see in it a rather unique sight. For me, looking through my lens not only gives me a different perspective but it allows me to see the beauty in my every day world. It allows me to share with others my unique perspective on how I interact with my world. A photograph can be understood by every person, no matter the race, religion, gender, or language spoken. It can be a universal language, photography.
I appreciate the craft and to this day, after 4 years of photographing, I am learning so much more. I can say once photography is in your bloodstream, it is hard to get rid of the addiction. You’ll constantly yearn to hold your camera. You crave the sound the lens make, you long to be looking through the viewfinder. Everything about it will make you want more. When I go somewhere and leave my camera at home, I instantly regret it. It has become an extension of me.
Another thing is time. Time is precious. The moments we create in our daily lives are priceless. Whether they be good or bad, they shape us and who we become. I feel joy when I can capture moments for people. Something they will look back on and smile. Photographs gives us a chance to relive those moments and share them with everyone we come across. Just like people, no two experiences are exactly the same. It is the same with photographs. Two different people with the same camera and same area will have completely different experiences. And to me, that is beautiful.
I photograph for myself. Because I thoroughly enjoy it, it has become a huge part of my life. It is the essence of who I am. It has given me the gift to connect with others on a more personal level, and I am blessed to share my talent and craft with those around me. There is something magical about it that I have not yet been able to describe in words but for all my photogs out there, you know the exact feeling I am talking about.