Even though I have been involved with photography for many years I sometimes still find it difficult to explain what it is and what draws me to it day after day. I suppose it is one of those things that if I figured it out, it wouldn't really interest me anymore. That air of mystery and the drive to learn more about photographing that keeps me going.
Still, there are some things that I have learned. The act of making a photograph is, for me, an intensely personal activity. I am not a religious person, but the process of seeing and taking a photograph is something akin to prayer. It is an interaction, even a link, between photographer and subject. Perhaps what I like best about photography is it's ability to block out everything else. When I am looking through the viewfinder composing the image, then releasing the shutter, nothing else in the world matters at that exact moment in time. The only thing that is important is capturing the image that is in my mind.
And yet, sharing my photos with others is exactly the opposite. Photography is, after all, a form of communication. So what begins as a personal inward reflection becomes an outward expression for everyone to see. Then, after viewing my photos and having others do the same I gain valuable feedback. And hopefully, inspiration. Then the whole process of reflection and creation can begin again.