I had a chance to eat lunch downtown today... I took a bunch of images of the view, and decided to try to capture the shadows on the ground. I didn't see those interesting reflections until hours later in post-production. It's what I didn't see at the time that makes this one of my favorite photos. The reflections on the ground are coming from the awning on top of the building I was in... this prismatic effect only happens for a short period every day.
Someone recently asked me, "Why photography?"
Though I answered on the fly, the question hasn't left me. What if there was a way to say everything you want to say - instantly - from the mind's eye perspective? Taking pictures has long been a way to take in the world around us and process life. One of the parts I enjoy most is that even though it's a form of self-expression, I find that it causes others to connect with each other on a level I never really expected. Meanwhile, it's hardcoded with my personal voice at the same time.
I haven't resolved to be a niched photographer for several reasons. For one, life is just too rich to settle down and focus on one subject IMO. I love the freedom of having my camera always ready to capture moments of God's beauty - in whatever form in it may be. Secondly, even if I did decide to choose a particular niche, I would have too much trouble deciding between ministry, travel, and the day to day moments that light up my world. Thirdly, Annie Leibovitz said it best,
One doesn't stop seeing. One doesn't stop framing. It doesn't turn off and turn on. It's on all the time. - Annie Leibovitz
So 'why photography'? It lasts longer, it's worth a thousand words, you never know how much a moment might mean to someone in the future, it's easier than drawing, it's fast and always moving, and you'll never get the same photo twice. It's worth the chase.
Here's the trip map from my May desert road trip. We did the trip in about 4-5 days, though if we had more time then there would have been many more incredible stops along the way. Who knew all of those geological wonders were so close to each other? It's definitely a trip I'll take again because it's just that scenic. By the way, we used hoteltonight.com to allow the journey to be spontaneous and it got us into some places we would have never expected. Highly recommended.