It's not unusual for me to witness a listener's eyes glaze over while I ramble on about photography and photography techniques. And it's fair… I realize the nuance and details that matter to me don't mean the same to others. Seriously, I understand.
But… (you knew there was a 'but') one of the things I realized in the early days of my adventure with photography, is the fact that when you're done… when you stop shooting or even when you die, the photos remain. And while there's hopefully a financial value to the photos from my professional endeavors, for me it's the emotional collateral or currency that resides in personal images that matters. My personal pictures of family, friends and life events. My snap shots.
Now, sure… everyone… literally, everyone, has snap shots. Regardless of their skill level or whether they're on hard drives, on their phone or just prints in a shoe box, we all have them. And quality aside, be it composition, technical or even age, those snap shots contain emotional collateral and are important to someone.
That said, how fortunate are we? Those of us who shoot as enthusiasts or professionals have the luxury of applying our knowledge. For the most part, we are fortunate enough to get snap shots suitable for framing. We get to capture our loved ones and life events with the care and passion of an artist. We have the ability to document our life…. suitable for framing.
So please, keep a camera with you. Pay attention to the details. Employ ALL of your skills and take care in preserving your life. The results will provide wonderful memories long after you're gone. Memories curated and preserved. Truly wonderful emotional collateral to share with everyone in your life and everyone in theirs… today and tomorrow.
Keep that camera with you and keep your skills sharp. It matters.