Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart. ~ anonymous
I fell in love with it early in my life. A young person, thirteen years of age wandering around in the woodlands of my countryside home.
Natural life fascinated me. Perhaps the influence of reading Thoreau during that time of life is was a big contributor to my love of the outdoors and nature. Perhaps it was nature that influenced me prior to picking up a camera to photograph the wonderful parts of the elements of nature. Perhaps the camera became second to nature, meaning it was the tool that lured me closer and closer to my subjects so that I could discover and explore the endless array of possibilities.
I started thinking there is something more to this attraction of making images. There had to be some other reason that caused me to sit and wait for hours for the perfect moment to click the shutter button on the camera. The perfect moment to make an image of a bird, not necessarily to just be photographing but to catch that one thing in her eyes.
So, I floated.
I lifted myself out of the moment and rose above all things around me so I could look at everything on a much broader scale.
Awe yes! I see it now.
The thing that without it, there would be nothing to see.
We photographers rely on it with all most every image we make. We wait and wait for the perfect fall of light on to a subject. Light causes us to respond but only after taking the time to observe, explore and discover.
The true basis to all that is made in an image – light!
The light holds the highest purpose and value over anything else related to photography. Including the subject, the equipment or our own preconceived ideas. It rules and is a continuing source guide for those who spend their lives trying to master its timing.