There are a lot of reasons to take pictures. We all want to capture that special moment, share it, preserve it, keep it forever.
We want to hold onto those fleeting, un-holdable moments.
That is all true for me as well, but there is another aspect of photography that has come to mean a lot more to me.
More even than the pictures themselves.
You'd think that the pictures would be the whole point of photography, but they aren't.
They are a nice side benefit - tangible, beautiful evidence of the effort and time that goes into it.
It may sound almost sacrilegious, but the thing I love most about photography isn't the pictures. Don't get me wrong, I love them. I love it when I get it just right.
When I manage to capture that elusive combination of light, angle, shadow that can transform even the most boring of objects. Somewhere in there is what I love about photography.
It is the way I look at the world when I have a camera in hand that I love most. It is so easy to get lost in all the miseries of the world.
A camera and a cold, frosty morning filled with sunlight can help lead the way out of that darkness. Photography is the search for and conscious recognition of the beauty in simple things and that is what I love about it.