To me beauty can be determined in many different ways. Not everyone is going to think the same thing or same features are beautiful. For a person, in todays world the media has it portrayed that to be beautiful you have to be thin. I don’t agree with that at all. A person can be any size and any shape and they can still be beautiful. Each of those people would also be beautiful in their own unique way. Those people that I have photos of in the little slideshow at the bottom are all very different women but all beautiful in their own way. Their personalities are each different as well as their features and body types. Thin, big, curvy, tall, short, big hips, small hips, big breasts, small breasts: it doesn’t matter how you’re shaped you will be beautiful in your own unique way. Those women’s personalities even add to their beauty and their personalities are even more different than their body types. Anyone can be beautiful, you just have to really pay attention to a person to see it.
For me there is just something about an old building or an old bridge that just draws the eye. History is something that has always fascinated me. When I see an old structure I want to find out everything about it: when it was made, what happened during that time, even what happened there, ect… Same with cemetaries, there is always a story that can be told. I think that is what draws me in with historical structures or locations: there is always a story that can be told. I think I also especially like to take photos of things like that because you can never know what will happen to it, it may not be there 10 years down the road, you can only hope that it will be. I just personally love history and everything that comes with it. With many of the locations that I have shot I have tried finding out the historical side of them and am still researching some of it. There’s just so much out there to learn and that means there’s so much out there to inspire.
Photography, a form of artwork that is constantly changing. There are different styles of photography and many different techniques. It truly is an artform in it’s own. Unlike sculpture, drawing, and painting it is constantly changing. Looking back at what photography was 100 years ago, it is completely different than it is now. The only thing that has stayed the same throughout the whole time photography has been around is the basics; understanding light along with understanding the tool to capture the photograph and capturing what you believe is beautiful. These days there is much more to photography than just the basics; there’s extra tools that are added in to make the photos more spectacular than before. Photoshop and digital cameras have definitely changed the photography world. I know my understanding of everything from the basics to the more difficult of styles isn’t where it should be, I am still in the learning stages of everything. Even though photography is a passion of mine it is something that I personally need to keep growing and getting better at, I am NOT where I should be or even could be. I do however know where I believe some of my strengths are in photography and I definitely know where my faults are. Portraits are things I am not the best at but I do keep trying at it to get better. Nature and architecture are the things I believe I am best at but I am still not 100% at that. There’s so much that I don’t understand and sometimes I think I’m getting worse in some areas and then there’s times I think I’m getting better. Right now I would just love to get back to the basics instead of worrying about the more difficult things (if only I can get my brain to work in reverse). For me when I say I want to learn to get back to the basics I mean to start shooting with film and focus on what I see and learn how to use the camera again, of course that can result in a lot of wasted film but it is something that for me as an aspiring photographer would personally believe could make me a better photographer. I would also like to relearn how to develop film, I got a touch of that in my high school graphic arts class. The thought of being in a dark room just makes it so much cooler, at least to me it does. Maybe one day I’ll be able to get back to these basics and relearn how to make my art stand out and be amazing. I know I have a ways to go but my art is what keeps me going, as everyone else’s form of art should keep them going.