Meaning in Photography
Sitting in a church. Light pouring through stained glass. I made a photograph, including the reflection on the church floor. After awhile, I read sad news about a gunman shooting worshippers in a church. I retrieved the image of the stained glass. I dreamed about it.
Pierced by my feelings about those who died, I made this work above. It is called "Bullet of Faith."
Making a photograph, we want to share an important experience. Here, I want a viewer to feel emotions. The camera used, where the photo was taken, and whether or not it was manipulated do not matter. Subjects matter. Emotional truth matters.
We want to feel the truth in a way we've not quite felt it before.
After debates about gear, sharpness and aesthetics fade away, the only image that lasts is the one that rings true to our emotional truth, our memory, associations and experiences. The photos that are true for you are the lasting ones.
Like most, I want to improve my craft. Yet, if I insist upon new gear, or on comparing my style with the images others make, I am delusional. Seeking to be a more compelling visual creator, I must begin to first become a more interesting person.
How can we become interesting? Read about the world. Our knowledge, dreams and experiences, not camera stuff, will make our subjects matter.