moments in focus…

Inspiration

A photo captures a moment in time, it creates a visual memory. That moment is not about me, the photographer, it is about the subject. Whether the subject be a person, an object or life; honoring the subject is what photography is about.

A photo tells the beginning of a story. The beauty of the story is that the person viewing the photo finishes it, they may say it out loud or they may create it in their mind, but it is their’s to create from the image. The story I tell about one of my own photos may not be the same story you would tell, we all see things differently. We are each unique, as it should be.

Photography enables not only me to create, but the viewer to create as well. Picasso said, “The chief enemy of our creativity is common sense.”  Sometimes common sense can filter out to much of what we see, because we are afraid, afraid of being wrong. There is no ‘wrong’ when viewing images.  Images speak to each of us differently.  Images can inspire.

When I hold my camera I am excited about the possibilities within. It begins with what I see through my eyes, first I look. Seeing this way is somewhat new for me, I used to pick up my camera, look through the lens and shoot. After attending a class at the Santa Fe Photography Workshop school, this changed. One of the first lessons was to walk around with a small note pad and write down what to photograph, this exercise enabled me to see subjects differently, I was learning to see.

All the steps between looking for the story and viewing the final print are exciting, however when one of my final images makes a person ‘feel’, invites them to participate in the image, to make them think, that is what inspires me to go out and look again. Chris Orwig states it well, “Photography open’s other’s eyes to the mystery and wonder on planet earth.”

“Whatever you are looking for, is looking for you too.  The catch is to recognize it when it pops up in front of you.”  Keith Carter

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8 responses

  1. yanbea17

    Beautiful words :)

    01.17.2011 at 12:24 am

  2. I love your photographs and what you wrote here. I’m all about that ‘feeling’ of an image and what it speaks to me. I also went to the Santa Fe workshop several years ago and only wish I had time to go back again. I love your attention to details in the tulip flowers, great color and perspectives.

    02.05.2011 at 11:31 pm

    • Thank you Martina for all your nice comments. One of the best parts of going to the SFW is that you are around like people, that was so nice. I too hope to go back one day. -Kim

      02.06.2011 at 11:13 am

  3. Your photography is beautiful, as are your thoughts/words about what photography means to you.

    03.24.2011 at 7:58 am

  4. Thanks for any other magnificent post. The place else may anybody get that kind of info in such an ideal way of writing? I have a presentation subsequent week, and I’m on the search for such info.

    10.15.2011 at 1:05 am

    • glad you liked the post. inspiration comes and goes in all of us I think, but sometimes it is just what we need to push forward. thanks, Kim

      10.15.2011 at 9:48 am

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