One of the great privileges of taking photographs is that you have the capability of expressing life, your own personal aesthetic sentiments, into a realm of art where you are the visual director composing a world to share with others as well as to journal your own artistic voyage.
Photographs transcend life, they are the essential representations of what surrounds us in the world and how we interpret them through our own eyes.The process of composing artistic images that reflect your own personal emotions is as relevant to communication as language.
The entire world around us is filled with unique people , places, and things that can all be transformed into our own world, as we see it in ourselves. To see someone, perhaps that you met at a health food store, and immediately recognize in them an entire representation of another era, a different country, an odd poetic landscape that resonates entirely in your own unique sentiments, & be able to transform them into your world of expression, and at the same time give them the gift of seeing themselves through another’s eyes, is truly one of the greatest gifts the camera has given to us.
To the photographer, everything has potential in expression.
In my own world of imagery, I try to recognize the hidden glory in each thing that unifies my eyes with my feelings.
It is not always a simple task, but often it is an effortless one.
If the vision is there, the poetic amplification rises out of what is seen, and then the task of bring it to life unfolds.
If it is a person that I see somewhere, then I must approach them, and attempt to define what my intentions are, despite how abstract they may appear, it is a challenge to convey such sentiment in an otherwise busy environment. But if I am lucky enough to convince them that Im not a mad man, and that truly I am seeing something in them that has vital roots in beauty, then all the rewards for both of us are there to mine.
Transforming life into art, through photography, has become my main objective and defines who I am as a photographer.
Finding the hidden glory, the ‘nearly famous self ’ that dwells in everyone, is a noble and rewarding journey.