What prompts one to venture into Photography? How does someone become interested in picking up a Camera, Look in the Viewfinder and press the Shutter?
Are some people born with a creative ‘Eye’ ? Or maybe because of encouragement from an Artistic Parent, Sibling, or Friend, They consider giving it a try?
The age at which someone becomes interested and wants to get involved in Photography doesn’t seem to matter. Some start very young, in Childhood or maybe their Teens, or, maybe much later in Life.
I didn’t start until my Late 20’s / Early 30’s. I was pretty active at first for about 7/8 Years. Including the time I first started taking Photography Classes at Tarrant County College. Thanks to having the benefit of a couple of really terrific Teachers, things really seemed to start coming together for me at that time.
Learning to ‘See’ Photographically. Learning the basic Techniques of Developing Film myself. Making Prints myself. The excitement of seeing the Image come alive on the Paper in the Developing Tray. Magic…..
I was hooked….
I wanted to know more. I wanted to do more. I still want to know more. I still want to do more….
But then a couple of different Jobs I had over the next 15 Years didn’t give me enough free time for myself to stay active and connected with the Art. I sure regret that now because I feel I have lost a large amount of valuable time that I will never get back.
Thanks to a Key Conversation about 6 Years ago at Dinner with my Sister and Brother-in-Law, the Subject was brought up. With their thoughtful interest and encouragement my interest in Photography was rekindled. I am so very thankful to them for that. More than I can express…
In Class and on my own, I was exposed to other Photographer’s Work. I’ve come to admire and appreciate the Work of a number of Photographers and Artists of other Mediums past and present. My ‘Eye’, my Style, the things I look for within my own Work has grown and will continue to grow because of that exposure.
Though your particular Style may not follow that of others, it certainly doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate what others do or have done. It’s a resource that we can all benefit from. I so enjoy every opportunity I can take to visit Art Museums, Galleries where Photography Work is shown. The Dallas / Ft.Worth area provides a very diverse base to explore the Art World.
I think someone said once that Copying is the greatest form of Flattery. Maybe we’ve all done that to some extent consciously or not. I don’t know that I would say that I make a conscious effort to copy another Photographer’s Style, But, I would certainly give them credit for influencing the development of my own Style.
I believe all Artists have a unique Vision and their own Style. And, I want to thank them all for sharing their Creativity with the World. We are more Enriched and Inspired for their efforts…
Some of my Favorites
Thank you, Walker Evans, William Eggleston, William Christenberry, Harry Callahan, The Westons, Lewis Hine, Berenice Abbott, Dorthea Lange, Elliot Porter, Richard Avedon, Alfred Stieglitz, Timothy O’ Sullivan, William Henry Jackson, Edward S. Curtis, Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Picasso, Van Gogh, Robert Frank, Arnold Newman, Ansel Adams, W. Eugene Smith, Jack Delano, Josef Sudek, Sally Mann, Diane Arbus, Robert Capa and so many more….