Today I’m answering the basic question why do I take pictures? What is it about photography that draws me to it as an art form?
I think the thing I love most about taking pictures is the magic that a camera has the potential to produce. Photographs have a way of telling a story. The right picture, captured at the right moment, at the right angle, with the right light has the capacity to grab a hold of my imagination and leave me wondering. It’s the untold stories in that are in a person’s eyes in dramatic portrait pictures; it’s the potential that lies down a winding road; or the stories that an old house or barn could tell if it could speak. I think for me the real appeal of photography rests in the stories that lie beyond the pictures. Words can often fail to capture the depth of feelings between a parent and their newborn but with a picture all the emotions are there captured in just a few clicks. In moments of pure devastation, a series of pictures by a photojournalist can write a novel’s worth of stories without using a single word. For me that’s the power of photography, the stories!
So when I shoot, I’m aiming to tell a story or at least make someone wonder about the story behind the picture. I want to capture a moment so perfectly that the viewer is immediately in that moment, feeling the emotions, sensing the potential or wondering about what else might have been happening. I’m not there yet but that’s where I want to get in my picture-taking.
The picture below perfectly reflects what I mean by the untold stories. I drove by this house on my way to the beach and had to turn around so I could capture it. I took it on my phone so not a great capture but when I look at this house I wonder about the stories its walls could tell; the rich history it has been a part of. I LOVE that I am left wanting to know more. This is why I love photography and why I want to get better at it.