3 weeks ago
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When photography came into my life, I was in a different state of mind. I had been running on empty for years. Maybe decades. It took awhile for the art to emerge in photography, all I saw was the craft. The only professional photos I had known at that point were classic icons, people shooting for Nat Geo, images of great landmarks, always with film and always in the fully committed romantic sense. I arrived late in the digital world, though had made images for years. The idea of "photographer" seemed all the more questionable in an era where everyone has several cameras and how easy and ubiquitous editing software has become in the gram age.
The thing about photography is that even though it's a medium that basically implies sharing, the real truth is intimacy. Almost every great photographer I've met has started their history with how much they love taking pictures for themselves. It occurs to me that if it's a passion, then it needs to be personal. It can't be anything else. It has to start with you.
And like any art form, if you're honest with yourself, the output reflects the real you without any effort. It's that intimate. And that's how I fell in love with taking pictures. Hell, being creative in general, it's more than photos. Being with anyone who has a deep and meaningful relationship with any passion has this remarkable glint in their eye. They understand that there's more to living than simply making money and buying things. That it's within the circumstance of great experience that imbues us with the fodder for creativity. The full spectrum. All the mania, darkness and everything between is the real palate. That, in creating we find a deeper meaning for living and facing all the intimate emotions that canon our insides upon the medium.
Song of the Day: CRV - "Ghost"