Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Why Do I Photograph?


I love photography.  

I love words, 

and for me, words flow better when I have something to attach them to.  

Photography helps me tell a story.

Helping Hands

I love capturing a unique moment in time,

something that would otherwise be lost forever.

Passion Flower

I love passing on a thing of interest or beauty,

something in this creation that reminds us of a loving Creator.

Lifted Hands

In its finest moments, my camera becomes an instrument of praise,

an extension of my heart, an outpouring of gratitude.

Kat Sloma's e-course, Finding Your Eye, begins by asking this question: "Why do you photograph?"  Above is my answer.


Mary Howell Cromer said...

I so agree with you and the words and the images tell stories of life. What had happened to the Yello-shafted Flicker? Hope it was OK~ Take care, be blessed~

Horst in Edmonton said...

You do so very well with your photographic stories.

S. Etole said...

What stories your words and images tell!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

You really do have a way with words and photos, both speak of your heart and praise.

Zinnia said...

I love the atmosphere you have created in the first photo going from inside the barn to stepping outside. I can even smell that hay.

The helping hands shot has such a caring feel about it and the camera settling just on the bird and the hands is bringing us into the emotion and tenderness of the situation.

What a stunning Passion Flower shot, so delicate with a lovely soft background to bring all the attention to the astonishing detail of the flower bloom.

I agree that words are a great way of accompanying the images and sometimes the words arise from the pictues themselves. Lovely.

Molly said...

I absolutely agree that words and pictures work well together to provide a complete narrative story. I hope to do more of both in the future.

I love what you said about the camera becoming an instrument of praise and an outpouring of gratitude. It helps me to understand when people say that the camera is an extension of themselves. I should like to try to find ways to show thankfulness for the life around me through my pictures.

Marcie said...

What a wonderful and inspiring response to what photography means to you. Love this post!

pens and needles said...

Let me just say that I'm so THANKFUL that you photograph! Your pictures are a blessing to me, as I'm sure they are to all with whom you share them. They COULD stand alone, but your words are ICING on the cake. I'm always looking forward to what comes next from you, and I'm never disappointed...it's always simply wonderful (no pressure!) :)

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

Wonderful photos and great post! Thanks for sharing it!

Kat Sloma said...

Words and pictures together - heaven for me. I like how you wrote, "Words flow better when I have something to attach them to." Beautiful. I feel such strength and depth in your words and images as you share why you love photography. I can tell you are strong in your motivations and understanding of why you do what you do. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

So glad to see you're doing the "finding your eye" e-course. I think you're off to a wonderful course. (I was going to take it, but slowed down and got booked out before I knew it.) Have fun!

Lisa said...

Photos are so powerful. I wish I had more time to devote to my photography. You always seem to be in just the right place at the right time. I love seeing what you share with us.

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Excelentes fotos....

Ellie said...

Beautiful pictures and sentiments Connie.
You have a lovely way with words.
I really love the picture of the hands holding the bird. Gorgeous.

Rose said...

Beautiful shots!

We are supposed to get a little bit of snow over the next day or two, also. I hope they are right.

Jennifer Richardson said...

I so get that.
I worship with my camera,
just like I do with music
or paints
or pens
or anything else my heart
likes to play with.
It's wonderful to have so many
ways to say "I love you",
isn't it:)

Anonymous said...

I SO love that shot 'Chores,' reminds me of my dad...

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Gorgeous light on these photos Connie. Your pictures are beautiful!

Joanna said...

Hi Connie,
I like what you said about capturing a moment in time that would otherwise be lost. Your photographs are beautiful and they do just that. Looking forward to sharing the journey to find your eye.


Anna said...

Hi Connie,
We both were fortunate to have won places in Kat's class (mine from Mortal Muses) - lucky us!
You always have a wonderful way with words and your photos are breathtaking! You definitely sing out praise in a most beautiful and not to be missed voice.

Clever Monkey said...

Your four photos here are very satisfying and perfectly illustrate the motivations you've expressed so simply and clearly. I do especially love that first one - chores - the way the light filters in, the dark silhouette except where the one leg steps forward, and the waiting cattle. This not only tells a story, but I can smell the wonderful farm odors when I look at it. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work.

Linda R. said...

Such beautiful photos here.. I am looking forward to seeing more!!

Jacqueline @ Deeprootsathome.com said...

Oh, Connie, you have made me to need a hanky!! I totally feel the same way! I just don't have the words you do!! This is simply lovely! Thank you, once again, friend!

Butterbean Row said...

Your pictures say a 1000 words. Just beautiful!