Why I Shoot Photographs

In a mere three weeks, I will be completing my college education in Digital Photography.  I’ll be let loose upon the world to hopefully make a mark.  One of the last tasks in our college lives is to assemble a portfolio of work that represents our style and area(s) of focus (pardon the pun).  In putting my portfolio together, I thought long and hard about whether I wanted to make my mark commercially or artistically.  I decided the latter was more important.  Easy for me to say since I have an alternate source of income.

Once that decision was made, I needed to be able to explain my photographs – why I shot them, what they represented and what impact they had on me.  Typically labelled an “artist’s statement”, these short spans of text are often poetic and lofty, serving to both reveal and conceal information about the author.  By conceal, I mean create some sense of mystery in that the reader would want to know what might come next.bioposter Continue reading “Why I Shoot Photographs”

Seeing Like the Camera – My First Year as a Photographer

As the next college year approaches, I’ve been thinking about what I’ve learned so far about photography, both in and out of the classroom.  All the technical and operational basics, for sure, along with lots of creative details that more experience and practice will make stronger.  It’s been a great year.

Knocking Down HurdlesBut there is one thing I continue to struggle with overall – it’s simply vision, in all its many forms.  That includes seeing clearly as my old eyes dim with time, developing a personal style and creative direction for my work overall, and maybe most puzzling, understanding how the camera, lighting and all of the other gear can be fully exploited to fulfill that vision.

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Isn’t It Ironic?

Nina KirienkoMany people find it hard to find the one thing they want to do with their time that makes them happy.  For some, they know from an early age that they will be a doctor, lawyer, baker, etc.  I never knew.  Still don’t.  But I do love photography.  Over the past year, I’ve immersed myself in it, studied it, practiced it.  But it’s been a bit of a hard road. Continue reading “Isn’t It Ironic?”

My Ideal Weekend – Photo Shoot One Day, Photo Course The Next

Now that school is done for the year, you might ask how I’m filling my time.  My tag line is “I’m Not Happy Unless I’m Learning”. True to that saying, I’ve been seeking out opportunities to grow as a photographer and person, and I had two perfect examples this weekend.

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No More Pencils (Keyboards), No More Books (MacBooks)…

This week, I wrapped up my first year of college, studying Digital Photography.  Actually, that label is a bit of a misnomer:  the first semester was digital photography, the second, most recent was digital video.  I learned an incredible amount, even if I did struggle a bit to maintain my focus (pardon the pun) in this most recent semester. Continue reading “No More Pencils (Keyboards), No More Books (MacBooks)…”