I’m often asked by other photographers and new acquaintances1 “what kinds of photographer are you?”. Am I nature or landscape photographer? A portrait or wedding photographer? I know what they are asking, but I’m often frustrated at finding the right word(s) to describe my work. Until now.
I went out for a walk to clear my head and get a cup of coffee. I spend the first two hours of my workday crafting information security governance documents and I needed a break. As I walked along the sidewalk I started reading an article by photographer Jorge Quintero’s. A lot of what Jorge wrote connected with me but the one word that made me stop to think was the word “avid”.
My byline says it all. I’m an avid photographer. That’s what this blog is about with a strong emphasis on photography and yet sometimes not just limited to that. I will always have a stronger connection with blogs that bundle their content with a first-class personal story and whether I write about a photography gear I own or an experience I had shooting, it will never just be another gear review or rant as I will always aim to instill personal meaning into it.
I stopped and pondered the one word and then the paragraph. I know what kind of photographer I am. I am an avid photographer who blogs. I love taking photos. Photos that have meaning to me. I love writing about the emotion and thoughts that were going through my mind when I took the picture. I am enthusiastic about learning about and doing the craft of photography. I love the technical and hardware side of photography. I love knowing how the various components of my cameras work.
Like Jorge, I admire the work of other photographers. Trey Ratcliff is one photographer whom I admire much. However, I am not inspired by them. For me, inspiration comes while out walking while listening to trance music from my favourite artist like Armin van Buren and Chase & Status. Music can change my mood. Often the music that I’m listening to triggers a thought which causes me to see something in a scene that resonates with me and triggers and emotion. Like a word.
- When they find out I’m a photographer. ↩