11 Oct Transitions in Photography
Transitions occur in every activity, including photography.
My photography has gone through three transitions.
At first, I wanted to take photos of birds.
So any photo of a bird represented a success.
Next I realized that I was actually taking photos of eyes.
So I focused on the eye.
If I could take a good photo of an eye, then I’d have a good photo of a bird.
Now, I recognize that I’m taking photos of life.
So I strive to show photos that convey the same awe for life that I feel.
These three steps represent a transition from functional photography, to sensory photography, to conceptual photography.
This matters because there’s more to photography than framing and pressing a button.
Photography can be an emotional medium that tells stories, conveys values, and causes changes.
And that’s my mission, to inspire respect for life by taking photos of birds.
PS: Have you seen these photos of Fluffed Up Birds?
Help Birds Tip
Make Bird Friendly Choices
Why #1: Bird friendly choices help birds by preserving the environment that they depend upon.
Why #2: Bird friendly choices also help people.
How: Use the basic ethics test by asking: 1) What if everybody did this? 2) Is this beneficial for all, and 3) Would I want anyone to do this to me?
Important side note: Small choices made consistently over long time add up to become huge results.
My new book contains brief, easy messages that lead to making life-friendly choices, which ultimately help birds.