"photography is about appreciating parts of your life, and then documenting them. it's the process of stopping and saying ah...this is really special because this is only happening in this moment and this moment will be gone." ~ george lange
I happened to catch a segment "the unforgettable photograph" on the today show last week with a photographer talking bout his new book: the unforgettable photograph. And my mouth fell open as he began to talk about the importance of documenting moments, of capturing feelings and telling a story of how a moment feels rather than how you think it should look.
Let me say this again: here was an accomplished photographer telling a today show audience that it’s important to document life and how it feels; to tell your story and impression of life with photographs.
As this is the essence of why I photograph and the very core of what I offer, I sat with that for the better part of a day…actually for many days. Validation aside, what resonated more than anything else was how proud I felt to stand by this vision even though it’s not always been an easy one to stand by…little by little, I see more and more people interested in documentary and expressive work, choosing real life photographs over staged, retouched, photoshopped unrealistic save idealistic pictures.
I thought about possibly offering light instruction sometime down the road…sharing things I’ve discovered along the way with clients I work with in helping them document their life throughout the year; while I wish I could be available every day, the reality is YOU are available…and you know better than anyone else what is important to you in remembering each day.
While I often battle the old school part of me that grew up in a world with clear boundaries and access points particularly when it came to photography, today’s world is about openness and sharing; it’s about believing in myself, my vision and the kind of work I create enough to know that there will always be those who choose me to record their life for them.
With that, I urge you to go rogue. Break free from all you think you should photograph and how you think you should take it. believe in yourself and tell your moment.