One of my best friends, from my youth, told me that I have a comic-book mind. At the time I was not too excited to have my friend stick me with what I perceived to be a negative descriptive tag. It seemed to be shallow somehow. Over the years I came to see the truth and insightfulness of the observation. The truth is that I really do process thoughts in pictures. Someone can ask a question and I envision the answer as a descriptive image, kinda like a storyboard. So much for the cerebral calculating experience of rich bankers, doctors and lawyers. I was doomed to forever have the processing skills of an artist.
As a photographer, I have a variety of abilities and interests. And like everyone, I like more things than I have the desire or ability to shoot well. However, when it comes to what I enjoy shooting most, I would always answer the same way.....People! People in any environment, from young children to senior citizens, from weddings to youth events to even solemn funeral events, from studio portraits to (my favorite) sports athletes in the action mode.
I take my time and am patient to get the shot that tells the story of the subject. I am photojournalistic in my primary approach to life and always try to have my camera with me (at arms length) to be prepared to capture images of real-life expressiveness. Sure I can shoot landscapes and bushes, and appreciate the beauty of God's creation, but my best still life images usually come from the being-at-the-right-place-at the-right-time perspective. Give me a face, a place, and a bit of time and I can guarantee that you will see the passion in the image.
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