Me and photography are not two things that necessarily go together. I have always admired the hell out of people who CAN take effective and beautiful photos (Miss Toxic Panda strongly included, among many other friends) and, like painting, have always wanted to learn how to do it.
Even when I got my first camera I didn’t do anything but take pics of events or people, with the random picture of a place, just because. When I got my first digital camera though, I started to get the bug to take more than just recreational pictures. Now on my second digital camera, and with the influence of said loved one and friends, I have been bitten full on by the bug. I love taking pictures. Now, I don’t love it like I love writing, or creating stories, but I love it in a similar way. Photography allows me to tell stories in a different way, forcing me to use, not words, but images, and to use the image and the set up for the image, or what it insinuates, to tell the tale I thought of when I was taking it. It’s a challenge to tell these visual stories but, I love it because it is a challenge. I love it because it’s something else to figure out.
When it comes to photography though, I tend to shy away from taking pictures of people, if for no other reason than it’s hard for me to do it. I have done four times, but it’s something I want to practice on. I was lucky enough recently to have my friend Justin offer to pose as my model and thus allowed me to practice photographing someone. What was interesting was how, out of nearly two hundred images, only half turned out well, and a third turned out interesting. Not bad, if you ask me. I still have a lot to learn, but I learned about my skill, my own, and my camera’s limits, and that there is more to learn.
Here’s some of what we ended up with.