I was going to do more of the abandoned warehouse but I am postponing it for a day or two. Instead I want to answer a question that was put to me a couple of times yesterday…”What kind of photography do you do?” I don’t know when it finally tweaked that last nerve of mine but it did yesterday. With the omnipresence of camera phones and tablets and other phones (and no! I am not belittling those of you who take photos that way so don’t get your knickers in a twist) everyone is a photographer now or they have a friend or relative who is one. And sometimes they are fantastic photographers and sometimes…well we know the rest of the story.
But still there is a mindset that when asked what kind of photography do you do, if you don’t answer portrait or wedding they don’t know what to make of you or just nod politely and then go on about that friend/relative who just did a wedding or senior portrait shoot. What’s difficult to understand when I say that while I also do portraits and events, my love is art photography. And I have to explain what that is every time. When I tried to explain it to someone yesterday they replied “Oh, still life photos?” Sigh. I’m not purely a nature photographer but I love capturing the beauty that is in nature be it plant or animal. I’m not purely a travel or street photographer but you know I will do that in a minute if my eye sees the opportunity. I will muck around in an abandoned building as quickly as a sparkly shiny skyscraper and I am thrilled when I see unusual hood ornaments at a car show.
So some could say that I don’t have a specialty; that I’m spread out all over the place and there is a speck of truth to that – maybe I do need to narrow my focus. But at the end of the day when I put the camera back into her bag (yes, she is a she) what I have shot are things that have appealed to me artistically. Those reflective drops of water on this flower, the beauty of a sunset at just the right point, the long ago faded paint on a brick wall, a bird sitting atop a cactus with the sun hitting it’s eye just right, a homeless man asleep on the step of a church…I see beyond what is immediately there and into the beauty and art that is waiting to come forth.
That is the art I capture and create. That is the photographer I am. And that is the kind of photography I do.
Wonderfully said! I shoot flowers as my first love but there is inspiration everywhere when you paint with light! Enjoy!
Paint with light? I like that!!! Thanks 🙂
Excellent post that speaks to one of the odder aspects of photography.
Thank you and odd is a wonderful thing to be sometimes 🙂
Very well put.. you’ve got such a creative eye and I love when you capture what you see with your camera!
Thanks, Barbara! The way you set up your shots is just fantastic 🙂
Great post. It is difficult to sum that up in a word or two. The word “eclectic” came to mind in both a serious and humorous way. It is a famous dodge but also sums things up in a word. Okay, I’ve not determined the gender of my camera (or if it has one). Now, I have something to ponder for the rest of the day.
You caught that one! Just sit down and ask your camera and s/he will tell you 🙂 Maybe artistic photography or just art photography?
Great blog post Teri!
But you do have a speciality, just everything 😀
How kind of you 🙂
I try, occasionally.. 😀
I like the fact that you don’t “specialize” in a particular type of photography. What we have in common is we capture images that say something to us and hopefully will say something to other viewers. Keep doing what you are doing Teri!
Thanks very much and yes we do have some things in common when it comes to photography and that’s a good thing 🙂