My wife asked me "why" recently . Why do I spend so much time with these photos; sitting in front of the computer processing and organizing and uploading for seemingly endless hours, making more and more of them, editing yet again?
The simple answer is that I love it. I love the entire creative process from planning and shooting through processing. Having a visual and observers orientation I find it easy enough to be alert to the nuances of what's around me: the light, the foreground, the background, to pull out a scene within the ongoing movement of life.
This is my art, and I'm grateful for the time I have to put into it.
A big issue for photographers these days, and photography in general, is the question of whether a photograph needs to be a 1 to 1 depiction of reality. Art in almost any other medium is not nor has it ever been held to that standard. From painting to movie making the artist has always been given creative license and the finished form that comes from the artists touch is appreciated for what it is. Hey! Sometimes a new genre is birthed!
As I've stepped into the HDR process in much of my work of late, or even tweaking a raw image in other various software programs, I've run smack dab into the face of that question. Is a photo just a simple capturing of what's there or does the artist have the honor of turning something that is there into something that is first seen internally and then made into something that's just a bit more. It's the difference between "taking" a photograph and "making" a photograph. Now, with the advent of digital photography and the accompanying software, it's easier than ever for those willing to take the time to learn and experiment to create something that's clean or lasting or colorful or artistic or whatever it is one's going for.
At Journeys In Light my aim is to create something that is both artistic as well as practical; a photo for all occasions with a bit of style.
Lastly, I'll say that even though I use some of the various digital and technological tools of my craft, so far that's about as far as I go with all the latest forms of communicating. So, at this point at least, I'm not on Facebook and I don't tweet. Furthermore, you won't find any equipment or software reviews here (there's a ton of that out there elsewhere), I don't plan on teaching or giving workshops or organizing photo shoots, and I don't do a heck of a lot of marketing or self promotion.
I do, however, make a lot of photos and if you want to keep up with me, or are looking for a unique image to download or have printed, you're in the right place. This really is a visual project first and last, and my intention is to create a stock photo library where you can find the perfect image that fits with your project or hangs on your wall.
If the numerous gallery choices is a bit daunting and you'd rather just look at one photo at a time then check out my photo blog at http://www.journeysinlightphotoblog.net. I post there about 3 times a week.
Thanks for visiting. I do appreciate it. I hope you enjoy viewing as much as I enjoy creating. Please browse till your heart's content and feel free to post a comment on any of the individual photos. It helps me as well as other viewers know what you like or don't like.
I live in the San Francisco Bay area and am available for hire for certain projects or travel assignments. Fees negotiated.