Sunday, October 3, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Photography is a magic act. It has become an art form of our technological age–fast, accurate, largely automatic; an efficient and powerful way of communicating information; an unmatched way of spanning time and space. In the hands of any perceptive person, the camera possesses a unique power: it can reproduce the past with fidelity of no other medium. No medium of expression has ever appealed so immediately to so many people, nor has any medium but spoken or written language been so universally used. Today, through the social network photography is so commonplace we rarely give it a second thought. Yet, as individuals we are not only daily consumers of vast numbers of pictures, but prolific producers as well.
Photography is an art that can be pursued at many levels, each offering its own rewards. On a basic level photography implies taking pictures of all sorts of things: friends, relatives and group picnics. For the serious photographer the photograph is a means of seeing and understanding a little bit more about the significant details of life and the world around us. This attraction–the lure of experiencing more of the world by catching it inexorably pulls the photographer upward and onward into the professional realm. At the highest level of photography is a pure search for meaning in nature, form and light. Capturing nature’s beauty, its moods, its growth and progress is the ultimate challenge that never ceases to renew itself.