The impulse for my photography is a profound interest in the world around me. I find the world astonishing and beautiful. When something captures my attention, I take a picture or, sometimes, quite a few. I record life as I encounter it, in the cow barn, in a meadow, or at a musical performance. I'm interested not only in sharing what I see, but in helping you notice the miraculous, the mundane and the ridiculous in your own life.
My art doesn't derive from elaborate set up or computer rework. My body of work evolves from a simple photographic retelling of what I saw at one particular moment. Sometimes the photographs capture the moment. Sometimes they transcend the moment and tell a larger story. Sometimes they fail to tell the story I noticed, and I let them go. This is the beauty of digital photography. The discipline of discard is important for a photographer to develop. Discernment doesn't just happen at the moment the photo is taken, it also happens in culling the photos with no story to tell. That discipline teaches me to see differently and that helps my picture taking evolve.
Good pictures grow from both the willingness to notice and to experiment with the ways you see. I take a lot of photos. How else will I be in the right place at the right time? How will I know what photograph is willing to transform the way I (and hopefully you) see things?
Daily Dose Of Slinky Published October 10, 2011