Why do You Take photographs
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12-03-11, 01:04 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: East Anglia UK
Why?... it's a big and broad question!... personal reasons and more interior motivations, both apply for me, I think.
I took to my camera as a way (at the time) of re-integrating myself into a world that I had very much distanced myself from and the result was a connection with both the people and community around me and a desire to try to get stories told, lives recorded and in a way make a lasting record of situations and people, fellow human beings that go through life somewhat un-noticed. It was a way of my reaching out and a way of combating fears and a way of life too... with a camera never far away it reminded me how to look at the world again after a time of forgetting how to.
Using a camera was a good way to make other people important, I felt that using a camera had less to do with my input than say painting or music, both things that I had done for years and invested a great deal of "self" into... as my photography began the fact that I was able to approach it and the focus being on the other side of the lens rather than my being behind it was a real help to me. That may have changed over the last few years as I have made more conscious decisions, what to shoot and what positive things I might be able to do with any resulting images or stories but in principle that scenario remains the same for me - who the the photo is of remains the most relevant aspect to me.
Karen, your a total star!... and Mark, for your news, please accept my thoughts and best wishes, I always enjoy your shots and activity here in the forums. Photographs, good or bad are always important, always tell a story, always preserve a moment, forever and thats why I love them : )
Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling.
If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.
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