Recently asked… Why predominantly, shoot street photography?
My Response: “It’s like senseless crime, one just does it.”
I find there to be no reasoning in why I do this, at least in the perspective of my viewers.
I mean, I’m not trying to change the world. I wish I could, I wish my work could flip a switch and all our walls come crashing down. But it won’t and I’m merely capturing a scene, adapting it to the way I see the world and I share it with you to enjoy. Maybe you will… Maybe you’ll hate it. So what.
As I create, my work is mine. It means something to me and always will. I remember the scene as I shot it; the chill in the air, the smell of the coffee shop behind me, the walk of my subject (and co-stars), how they acted before and how they reacted after, I press down the shutter and lock in that moment.
Maybe after I took my shot, I stepped in some dog shit and as you could imagine, immediately my perspective shifted. This moment will stay with me. These scenes move and flow when I fan through my work. No image I shoot will ever be “static.” Its a slice of a moment that I experienced, a memory, a corner dog ear, bookmarking that particular page of my day.
Now, here’s the complication, once my words or images are sent out there on the webs for display, they become something else, something completely different than my original intent. To put an explanation on why I shoot what I shoot becomes mute the moment I send my image out into the world… The reasons then become yours and you now see the scene as it could have been if you were there. You’re creative too, we all are. Now is your chance to experience my world, but from your eyes.
How could I ever explain what goes on in another persons head, when they see my work? I love my creations, but what’s important in that frame, after I click “post”… well, thats on you now to do with it what you may.
If I had one hope, its that you do in fact create a moving scene, however fictional, around each piece. Take from it what you will, then, go out and create something for others, allow them to think about what you have created as well, in the way you see the world.