I'm moved by a sense of discovery in photography, by the stories narrated through the photographic imagination, especially those stories that unexpectedly intersect other stories -- emerging from simple connections or items captured in a shot.
I think the photographic imagination is perhaps the single most important piece of "equipment" photographers have at their disposal. Hence, much of my photographic practice is about how to "see," and "feel" with that imagination. A central interest of mine is helping others develop a mindful approach to photography and life by developing that photographic imagination.
I believe that we can all develop a deeper sense of understanding the moment through photography. Dorothea Lange captured it this way: "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." Photography as a practice can help us inhabit a moment and see deeply (develop insight).
My main photography interests lie in:
- Reportage, Documentary, and Photojournalism (yes, knowing the definitional quandaries):
In particular I aim for Reportage style work that centers on themes of civic engagement, activism, and participatory democratic culture, especially dealing with social justice issues. Here's a link to a recent article I posted here on PhotoSig regarding Photographing Social Protest and Civic Activism
- Mindfulness in Photography:
Photography as practice of mindfulness, of dwelling in the present moment, and developing insight about interconnection (interbeing). I'm especially interested in helping others develop a mindfulness approach to photography. Here's a link to a recent article I posted here on Photosig: Photographing Water Flows
As a critic I tend to be eclectic, but here's a good thread about likes and dislikes. My entry is toward the bottom.
A favorite quote about photography:
Elliot Erwitt: "To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them."
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