Through the Lens
Through the Lens
“I have been where you have been, I have now seen what you have seen.” These were the words of my Grandfather said as he looked through my images of Italy. This phrase always stuck with me, almost as a mantra. In a lot of ways, it reduces everything I have learned over the years about photography into a simple loaded sentence. To me it reminds me that I am the eyes for the viewer. It’s up to me to recreate the landscapes and make the window in to new states, new countries that viewers have never been to. When I’m shooting on location I am very conscious of what draws my eyes. In this way I try to archive the experience and impressions of a new locations.
In a lot of ways photography and archiving go hand in hand. Through photography we are able to capture windows into the past. At the rate the world in changing I feel that there is a real need to preserve with photographic proof of how life in the present is. It’s not long before years pass and you look around only to see the change around us. Favorite restaurants closed down, building pulled down, new sky scrapers that change the sky line built up. What that mantra means to me, is photographers have become the speakers for the past.
There is a lot to worry about when you think of your work as a speaker for the past. There is an issue of finding what is important to archive. Some of the simplest every day subjects are likely to change. How to know what will be different in the future is the hard question to answer.
Often times the most limiting factor in the goal of archiving the present is how fast time seems to slip by. Every day I wake up and I have a list of tasks to accomplish. Photos to edit, videos to shoot and Locations to discover. Just one of those tasks can be an all-day affair, as you can imagen by the end of the day there are still tasks which go unfinished. It’s important not to get discouraged, instead be excited for the next day and the new work that will get accomplished.