On February 17, 2009 – five years ago today, my very first blog post was entered. Who knew five years later…the posts would still be coming…still going strong. Many would never believe it, including myself sometimes. My inside voice…a passing phase…after a few months she’ll be moving on to something new. But you know…I really enjoy blogging. It’s my diary. Being able to look back and being reminded of a particular event, not only by photos, but my words.
But it’s so much more than documenting my life, it’s sharing with those who are not as fortunate as I am to travel this world. It’s sharing cultures, climates, the daily lives of people in so many places whether home or abroad. To be able to inspire others to create similar experiences for themselves…well that would be so wonderful.
I recently came across this manifesto from David duChemin – a photographer whose work and philosophy I greatly admire. It’s as if he wrote it just for me.
I am a photographer. I make photographs. I do not take them, shoot them, capture them or snap them. I do what I do to see the world differently and to show others what I see and feel. And yes, it really did look like that when seen through my eyes, mind and heart. The tools of my craft are a camera and lens, but the tools of my art are my passion and vision. Film or digital, it’s not how we make our photographs that matters, but that we make them. I want deeper photographs, honest photographs that are alive, not merely really big or really sharp. I hope the legacy I create with my work will be judged not by how many photographs I made in this lifetime, but what those few magic frames do in the hearts and minds of others. I believe photography can change the world because they have done so for me. I believe photography opens my eyes to a deeper life, one that recognizes moments and lives them deeper for being present in them.
Thanks to all of you who have given me such encouragement over the years with your words…I so hope to photograph and share for a long, long time. xo