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Everyone everywhere is now a photographer, by their own definition. Personally, I long ago lost interest in the camera as a means of documenting every minute piece of one's life. Most of what passes for photography today seems to border on life as a type of competitive narcissism. Look at me. Look where I've been. Look at what I eat, and drink, and what I am doing now. To those photographers, I would like to suggest, a variation of advice given in the 13th century by a mendicant friar, who counseled against multi-tasking by saying, "Do what you are doing.". For someone wishing to be a photographer, I think this is exceptionally good advice. Instead of using your camera to show everyone what you are looking at, use it as a tool to allow you to see more, to pay closer attention to what you are looking at, not because you are looking at it but because it, whatever it may be, is worth your undivided attention in and of itself. Whatever it is it has its own story, one that is completely separate from your own. Take time and use your camera to look more closely at what you are looking at. Then, decide how that makes you feel. If your photo captures that feeling, you may want to share that with others. By my definition, that's what photographers do, they share feelings, not just photo's. They show you what they are seeing, not just what they are looking at.
I have had a hard time coming to terms with the concept of favorite pictures, and have finally come to the following definition. If I favorite your shot, it means that I wish I had taken that one. Shots that I consider examples of excellence, that I want to study and emulate are stored in my galleries.
All my photos are in the Collective Commons. This means you are free to use them as long as you include a photo credit identifying me as the photographer.
- JoinedDecember 2012
- OccupationRFID Project Director
- HometownTowson, MD
- Current cityUpperco, MD
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