I view the photographic works of others with mixed feelings. Sometimes people’s interpretations of the world around them blow me away – they are extremely awesome. In the beginning, this daunted me, because I thought – how can I ever do THAT? But over time, I’ve come to realize that my way is not everyone’s way. Enhancing photos through software is a big thing these days, and many of the works that I see that I feel are “awesome” are greatly manipulated or enhanced. There is nothing wrong with that, but at the same time – I love the world around me, and taking photos of that world. As much as is possible, I tend to stop there.
The photos I publish tend to be ‘natural’ – NOT photomanipulations. I like to try and find perfect shots of the my world, and rarely do I find them. Sometimes, I am my own worst critic – I may discard a hundred, two hundred shots, and post only one. But at the end of the day, I know that the works I have uploaded represent me, my camera, and our view of the world around us. Other than very minor tweaks, the work here will remain as unmodified as is practical.
At the same time, I regret that I cannot share the rest of this world with you. True, photos are good, and video is perhaps better – with it, you get the rush of motion, the sounds… But even then… even then you miss out on the damp, chill morning air pressing on the skin, the musky scent of the farmland, freshly plowed, the sounds in the distance of a calf mooing, a dog barking… miles away, a train whistle blowing. My small window does not do these things justice, but for the time being, it is what I can share with you.