October 20, 2014 Leave a comment
Often when people see my photos, they want to know what kind of camera I use, as if the camera is what creates a beautiful image. The driving force behind art is the artist’s vision, not the camera. The best camera is the one you have with you, whether it is a top of the line Canon or a cheap disposable.
A photography mentor once said you should be able to make a single blade of grass visually interesting…a statement which reminded me of the late Richard Burton appearing on the Mike Douglas show and reading from the phone book. His beautifully expressive voice made even the boring wonderful to listen to.
This image was made with my camera phone. It really couldn’t be a more simple image…a nondescript rock in the water. But it is the subtleties in its capture that make is compelling to me. The rain was tapering off but occasional drips left overlapping concentric circles…I moved in closer so that the trees behind me were reflected in the foreground.
This image speaks to my personal connectedness to nature. It is a meditation on simplicity and the life I strive to live, seeing beauty around every turn, in every moment. It was my favorite image of an entire vacation, beating out everything taken with the expensive gear.