Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Plain and Simple Passion

You know you are passionate about something when you don't feel alive unless you are doing that very thing. It is hard for me to remember when exactly I fell in love with photography.

It was sometime growing up and then developed more in college. I love how pictures tell a story about something you find interesting or just show something you love. Pictures we have in our scrapbooks and albums (or blog/facebook photo albums : P ) I think say a lot about who we are. It shows what we like to do, who we are close to, and what is important in our lives. Above are just a few I found on my computer so I could make my point.

1. My in general, but I'm a little biased towards ones in my family!

2. Weddings/Friends...I love both of these subjects...especially when they are combined. I do like taking pics at weddings....but enjoy most being there as a friend due to the pressure of capturing those perfect moments.

3. Again kids....But this one I put in here because of the light. I love light and how it can change the entirety of the way the picture looks. It makes me feel artsy! (This was one photoshoot I did for a local fam)

4. Families...I love to watch them interact and capture their joy! Relationships in families is one of the most mysterious things to me...the love, the complications, and everything about them!

5. My honey and playing with the focus.... Scott is actually who got me started on playing with how to articulate what you are wanting to show by changing what you focus on and adding effects to the actual picture. This one reminds of an amazing day outdoors in New Harmony before one of our favorite concerts. Memories... that's another reason I love photography.

6. Capturing a time/place/feeling... these are sometimes my favorite things about pictures. When looking at these types....i usually can go back to that place and feel the breeze coming off the river, smell the good eats at Thanksgiving's past, remember the sounds of ocean, and feel the warmth of the moment.

Photography is good for the soul and the brain. It helps us remember who we are, where we came from, and what we dream of! I hope I encouraged you a little to experiment and pick up your camera a little more.

What is your favorite picture of? Do you enjoy photography or is it frustrating/burden to you? How do you hope to grow artistically in the future with your pictures?


Rachel D said...

I love photography...but I think I liked the actually development process more than taking the picture. It was amazing how much you could alter the picture by changing exposure, zooming, adjusting focus, etc.

One of my favorite pics was of a crawdad I set on a rock with the lid from a can of fish bait. It's pretty funny, actually . My professor had me submit it for my dark/light contrast assignment, but I also rejoiced that I finally got a good depth of field picture with it!

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