Jimages Photo Ideas
A few years ago, I made a photograph of a stained glass window and its reflection on the church floor. After awhile, I located the photo again, after reading about a gunman shooting in a church.
Pierced by sadness over the event, I made my photograph into a new image: "Bullet of Faith."
Perhaps photographs are more than gear, numbers and processing. Looking at them, we viewers want to feel. The camera used, where the photo was taken, and whether or not it was manipulated do not matter. Subject matters. Idea matters, Emotional truth matters.
We want to feel the truth in a way we've not quite felt it before.
What does not matter? Gear, arguments about art or sharpness, online rules of photography...these do not matter. They are only the chaff, the metadata, and the meh. After they fade away, only our subjective experience and memory of a compelling photograph remains. The photo that rings true for you is the lasting one.
If I believe new gear, online obsessing or comparing my methods with others will improve my skills, I am suffering from delusions. When I seek to be a more interesting photographer, I might become a more interesting human first.
Being compassionate, forgiving, reading good works, facing my fears daily, taking forest hikes and bikes, meditating, meeting strangers, looking for accidental experiences. These things, not camera stuff, will make my subjects matter.
Lastly, keeping our sense of humor matters too. . . ( Title: Llama Rama).