“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” ― Ansel Adams
Picking up a camera and taking a photograph involves more than “technical” knowhow. It is in essence a total immersion of yourself into a unique experience that you personally define as being worthy of recording for posterity sake.
When you remove your lens cover, focus on your particular subject matter, compose the scene in your camera’s viewfinder and finally press the shutter button you are also exposing yourself to the many external elements that inspired you to capture the situation, location or event forever in your lens.
Your subjective interpretation of the event reveals the way you felt about a certain situation. Your creative imagination helped you to pick up the camera and bring to visual fruition something that mattered to you personally.
Of course you can feign your reasons for taking certain shots but if you do then you miss out on the unique opportunity to experiencing life as it is happening. Being an on-the-spot photographer changes you as a person.
When I worked for a small community newspaper I was summoned to the scene of a small plane crash. All the crew and passengers were killed on impact. Corpses were scattered around the crash site and police and fire rescue personnel were attempting to remove the bodies from the scene and restrict curiosity seekers from venturing onto the site.
When you enter a scene such as this you are affected as a person. The incident becomes real and you become an active and participating member of the event. Your thoughts and emotions are changed forever. As you peer through the lens your own humanity and empathy for the loved ones who have lost family members starts back at you.
People who have not experienced enough of life and decry your creative efforts reveal their shallow sides. Creativity and communication involves personal growth and adaptation.
Many bloggers on this W P site refrain from submitting their photos, poetry or prose because they wrongly believe that others will label them as being phony or impostors. This is merely a matter of “sticks and stones.”
Be true to yourself and don’t worry about labels that many folks carelessly toss this way and that. Enjoy the fact that you are insightful enough to observe a moment that you consider valuable to you and that you wish to share with the world. That is how the human race progresses.