Why do You Take photographs
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10-12-10, 11:10 AM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: East Dorset
Karen, I think it's admirable what you've achieved considering what you've been through. Just getting out and taking the great shots you do must be uplifting - and being part of this community certainly makes me feel welcome so hope it helps you too.
and Mark, sorry to hear your news - makes your signature a lot more...poignant I think is the word.
If I had half the courage of you both!
Why do I take photographs? I honestly don't know.
I love the outdoors and even before photography took a hold (and during my ten year gap from it) I still used to get up early and enjoy the dawn chorus and sunrise - and sit on the beach watching the sun set - when time allowed that was. And I really enjoy technology - computers and software are my day job selling high-end automated workflows and colour management systems to agencies and publishers so I enjoy the colour space conversions, ICC profiling, corrections etc etc etc.
I used to use 35mm back in my 20's and then life/sport/work got in the way and I was never at home so I ended up mothballing the camera. Then, I knackered my knee and had to stop sport so started going out on gentle mountain bike rides to strenthen my leg/knee which led to me falling in love with the countryside again (grew up in a tiny Cotswold village, now within easy reach of Dorset's Purbeck Hills, Jurassic Coast and New Forest).
I guess photography is a way of me recording these wonderful sights I see around me. And I have to admit, there's nothing quite like seeing your images printed large and hung on a wall with people stopping to look and comment. Do I care if they buy one? Not really, if they've stopped and shared one of my moments in time, that makes me smile.
Would I like to be a fulltime pro? Probably not. My sport got almost to that level and it started to take the edge off the enjoyment as I
to do it when others wanted, not when I wanted. Would I like enough money in the bank so I could do photography all day every day with the latest gear and without any pressure? Do I really need to answer that?
Thanks for posing the question Mark - still not sure I've answered it!
There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer
. ~ Ansel Adams
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