Photography has been a hobby of mine for many years. I’ve sold a few prints and I’ve been paid for a few sessions but primarily when I shoot, I shoot for fun. I’ve had many people tell me that I should take it up as a business, but I fear that would ruin the fun and add an element of stress that it currently lacks. I’m not averse to the idea of selling enough prints to subsidize the hobby in part or in full, but it’s not something that I want to worry about or devote much time to.
With that in mind one might reasonably ask why I’ve created a site such as this. First and foremost, it’s a way for me to share my thoughts and ideas about photography, unencumbered as much as possible by a format and an environment dictated by others. Social media is great for sharing pictures to those I am connected with, but it comes at the price of being lost in the clutter found in such places or used as fodder to drive their advertising machine. I have a separate commerce site where prints can be purchased, but I’d like my photographs to be considered apart from a commercial endeavor.
I envision this site as a secluded garden. A quiet, contemplative place where the stories behind the photographs can be told. A place where one can reflect on the many aspects of photography – from composure to post processing – and maybe learn from what I have to offer. I don’t pretend to be a great master of the art. I feel my efforts are mediocre most of the time and only occasionally rise to something better. Friends, family and strangers alike have commented favorably on my work, so I don’t suppose it can be as poor as I imagine. As with most people I am perhaps my own harshest critic.
There are far better photographic artists than I to be found online. But that doesn’t keep me from enjoying the pictures I take or dampen my enthusiasm for the hobby. There are some problems that I’ve come up against and solutions that I’ve found that may be of interest to others. Also, I have to make do with what I have. I’ve put together a reasonably decent kit over the years and like what I have. But I certainly don’t get the chance to play with the more expensive or advanced equipment that is available. While my kit definitely isn’t cheap, it may be of interest to others to see what can be done without spending a fortune on equipment. I’ve always admired what people have accomplished with minimal resources and strive to make the most of what I have. I imagine that most people in the world fall into this category and so the information I post here may be beneficial to others.
I also see this site as a place where I can archive and discuss both my successes and failures. Because my activity is intermittent I sometimes forget the details that made for a successful photograph under circumstances I don’t normally encounter. While I may forget the particular techniques that have served me well in the past my hope is that this site will serve as a reminder for myself and maybe as a guide for others seeking to create something similar.
In the end photography is more than a showcase of technical details or pigments on a paper. A photograph is evidence that someone felt compelled enough to compose and capture an image and share it with the world in a way intimate or public. I’m always curious about what was going through a photographer’s mind when I see a picture: whether it was to capture a memory, or create a work of art. Depending on the audience the site gathers it may serve as a place for other photographers to post their own stories as well. The future will tell.