Thank you so much.
What is success to you? Have you thought about what you want to be successful at? To be able to buy your own car and your own apartment? To be able to sit with true friends and share experiences and memories? Many people mistake success with fame. Many people mistake wealth with riches. There is a huge difference not only in the definition of the word but also in the mind of the person who has to consider these words. Success to me is to be able to evoke emotion, that through my work I succeed in conveying my conceptual ideas and my intentions. Whether it be the simplicity of a person, place or thing. I want my photographs to capture your interest. I want you to stop and stare, I want you to be able to relate something from your lifestyle to something in my picture. I find my success in the communication and connection that I have with my audience. Because in the end if someone is able to fully understand and grasp what I have said; I am complete. My message has been stated, and can now be passed along.
I have heard many people say that they do not see the art in photography. That everyone and anyone can just pick up a camera and become a photographer. But anyone can pick up a paint brush and become a painter. Art is not defined by it’s accessability. It is not defined by how easy and common it is. Art is defined by how the art work connects to it’s viewers. Art is what the artist gives to his or her artwork, it is what an artist gives to an audience. It is something that we cherish, something that we value because it is a gift. The countless times I have heard many people complain and degrade the wealth in photography, I have learnt more about that person. For because they are unable to understand what and where the art is, they automatically hate it. The jewel and the joy in the art of photography is found in the idea and execution of the whole process. The period of time a photographer chooses to show you, the narrative that the photographer pushes, cutting out the rest of a bigger picture making a point that would have otherwise been ignored. The entire film process, the slow manual mechanism; the washing and developing of film and finally nuturing and giving birth to a final print. Photography is a tedious procedure, that many cannot appreciate. That many overlook because of its accessability, because of how easy it can be. But just like anyone can pick up a paint brush and become a painter, it does not mean that they are good; it does not mean that they can be great. It does not mean that they do it right..