Photography has changed a lot over the years: From glass plates to film to digital imaging. From large, cumbersome cameras that would take one image at a time to pocket-sized cell phones that make taking a photograph a snap. Once only for the devoted enthusiast or professional, photography is now accessible to the masses. Instead of a photo session as an important event, we now take photographs anytime, anywhere and of just about anything.
And yet, at its essence, photography hasn’t really changed that much. It is still about capturing light and moments. And for the most part, we still make photographs for the same reasons: to document, to remember, to tell stories, to persuade, to express. Each of these is a result of the photograph itself.
“Photography is not about cameras, gadgets and gizmos. Photography is about photographers. A camera didn’t make a great picture any more than a typewriter wrote a great novel.”
There are other reasons to photograph that have more to do with the process than the end product. Photography allows us to see, explore and discover. When we look at the world around us through a camera, we see it differently.
“Photography is the art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
How we engage with our subjects is up to us. We can detach and hide behind the lens or engage intimately with our subject—be it a person, a landscape or an event. We can take a snapshot of a tulip in a garden, or we can spend time with that tulip and see things we’ve never seen before.
Why do you take pictures? How do you approach the process?