Why I Am a Photographer

I have loved capturing moments for as long as I can remember. I know I have shared this before, but my dad gave me my first camera when I was five or six years old. I was hooked. I eventually went on to play with disposables, Polaroids, and finally, my beloved DSLR.

My favorite thing about photography is how powerful a photograph can be. The sheer amount of emotion that a single image can evoke has always astounded me. They don’t say “a picture is worth a thousand words” for nothing. From a moment in time with the people you love to a landscape of a location that you know intimately, the more meaning the subject has to you, the more emotion you can capture.

“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.”

Don McCullin

The goal of my photography has always been to make the viewer feel something. I don’t particularly care what you feel, I just want you to feel something. What ultimately causes me to stop and take a picture is the way that I am feeling. Why would I stop and snap a photo of something if it didn’t stir something inside of me? If a scene passes by and I don’t think twice about it, I won’t take a picture. If something causes me to stop in my tracks and feel something, anything, I will stop and capture it. Reflecting your own feelings and emotions in a photo adds a whole new dimension the viewer cannot ignore.

The best way I can explain this is that it is similar to the way that listening to music can give you chills, or make you cry. (No, I don’t necessarily want to make you cry with my photos, but if that’s what happens… well, that’s what happens.)

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