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Photography is my passion, It always has been but I truly didn't have many opportunities to get into it until I entered my twenties. There is something to be said for that moment, that you just know, man, it swells up inside you... that buzz to me, the creative juices.... like my heart is going to burst... it's that feeling that tells me I got something.

Whether it only has sentimental value to me or the picture can touch the world is irrelevant. It's the feeling

I am not the worlds best photographer, nor will I ever be, but when I am behind that camera, I can focus and see... truly see. I take all the b******* in life, that I deem important, that my peers deem important, that society deems important. and click like switch... gone.

I am so grateful that I learned to see the world, even if only for a moment. Before I had photography those moments just didn't exist.

Since I learned to shoot, I have seen such beauty that I actually put my camera down, I know by not taking a picture that I won't remember it perfectly, but I also know a camera won't do what I am seeing justice... why waste my time trying to capture it?

I have been uploading pictures at random, I will continue to do, from my very first photo album with a 1.2 mp camera I have, all the way to stuff I plan to shoot this weekend. I have no plans to put it in order or even edit it. I want everyone to see my craft, raw, exposed and perhaps experience my evolution as I learned to see our world.

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Comment by Nick Heyming on March 23, 2010 at 7:40am
I love taking pictures too! I feel like an archeologist of the future sometimes...
Comment by Michael Texeira on March 23, 2010 at 7:56am
I've come to that same point where I no longer take pictures...I enjoyed it once, but now it feels strange to be viewing beauty through an extra lens...I wish I could remove the ones the school system gave...ah to forget the names of things would be a blessing indeed
Comment by Noora Malkavaara on March 23, 2010 at 8:29am
Thank you for your post :) It made me realize something about myself - I consider myself highly as a visual person, I just love to *see* things. Most of the time I feel that I'm a photographer without camera, capturing moments of my life in my brain...
Capturing beautiful moments is never waste of time, but of course they can run so fast one just wants to be in them, not left outside. I want to see your pictures - one picture is worth millions of ideas, not just thousand words.
Comment by PJE on March 23, 2010 at 5:52pm
I know what you mean! Seeing in this way has a different quality, a different flow. It is as if I exist in my eye at those moments and at the same time there is not so much separation between me and other things. Although it happens when I paint, cameras are tricky for me. What you write also reminds me of an exhibtion I saw once in Spitalfields in London. A photographer had gone to Afghanistan and given cameras to girls, and through their work I had a real feeling for how they were seeing also who and where they were. I was thinking about my evokation which was a similar sort of idea. The rough idea is to take paints to remote places and people and returning to big financial centers, so that big offices and people in them might have beautiful work on their walls, a connection with the other side of the world and of life, raise awareness and raise funds for community energy/water projects etc at the same time.
Evoke begins to make me think things might be possible, but networking is so alien to me!
I am glad you are taking photos. Keep seeing things.
Best wishes to you
Comment by Nate B on March 23, 2010 at 7:16pm
PJE, I love your idea, If I can be of any help let me know. Nate

Michelle thanks for the heads up! I am going to check out that vid right now!
Comment by PJE on March 23, 2010 at 7:23pm
Thanks Nate B
Comment by beatrisa on March 24, 2010 at 7:57pm
i love photography too is one of my passion ....you know i made that for fun ....
Comment by John D. Boyden on May 1, 2010 at 4:55pm
A challenge for you: "a camera won't do what I am seeing justice"...figure out how you can :) The improvement in your technique may surprise you. +1 creativity. Another idea, partner with a writer and organizer to create projects separate from your plan.


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