The past few years I have been more focused on capturing the moment with my camera that I haven’t been in many photos myself. This is the life of a photographer. For me, I have always found pleasure in taking the photo and not being in it. Not because I don’t like being in photos, no, its because I love trying to capture the moment that people will look back on in 8, 10, 12 years and smile. That smile is what pushes me forward in my photography and encourages me to continue.
My absolute favorite photography quote of all time is by Robert Frank. It reads; “When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of poem twice.”
If that isn’t a powerful statement on your vision I don’t know what is. He is equating photography to the most (in my opinion) beautiful styles of writing.
There have been innumerable times where I have taken a picture of a family member at Thanksgiving, Christmas, or another family gathering that they don’t remember taking and thank me for capturing the moment with family they will now have with them forever. Hopefully they look twice on that image, and realize that there are millions of moments in everyday life that we take for granted that are beautiful in their own right.
Being behind the camera is a life away from the spotlight and, in many instances, it can be tough, you just need to make sure its what you really want to do. For me having that image that makes people relive old memories and smile makes it worthwhile for me.