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 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, in total, this expresses my mission to inspire respect for life by taking photos of birds.
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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 by preserving the environment that we depend upon.
How: Use the basic ethics test of asking:
1) What if everybody did this?
2) Is this beneficial for all, and
3) Would I want anyone to do this to me?
Did You Know?
The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.
Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.
Please visit their web sites to learn about the work they do.
Here’s an excellent book: The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation