I don’t know why I make photo’s. I think because I don’t like the country I live in. The Netherlands. And I make photo’s of situaties I do like. Instead of looking at situations I don’t like.
I take pictures for too many reasons ^ _ ^
The importance of a personal diary is something that goes beyond value for me, everything changes, nothing is permanent, photography stops some moments of our short lives.
I take photos of mostly intimate moments of my life, and then I try to make sense of them and try to make the private, public and universal.
I take photos in the streets to see where my vision is going, where my photographs are bringing me, how my personal view changes during the years passing in this world. I take photos because I like colours, the contrasts, the lights and shadows, the forms that can be created, I take photos because I feel I am an observer of the life that I am living, a vigilant engaged observer.
I shoot as a much needed creative outlet, and an eye for something interesting, touching or just plain old aesthetically pleasing is something I can carry with me at all times.
This past year I’ve spent a lot of time with old family photos following the death of my mother and maternal grandfather in quick succession, being ‘the photographer’ in the family I inherited all the albums and it fell to me to choose photos for the funerals. I realised then it was my maternal grandmother that sparked my interest having bought me a Yashica 35mm P&S when I was 12. Her composition could be lousy, the quality of her 110 and disc cameras terrible, but she always had one in her bag and frequently used it!
Currently, I’m laid up with a snapped Achilles, so mostly I’m trying to think what can I shoot around me, something I’ve not seen before, or can be looked at differently, while pretty much sitting in the same position every day.
I include two. My ‘number one son’ Caleb who likes to sit at the end of the sofa with me. We use red lights of an evening and the last of the daylight was still coming in from outside. The second is a view out of the same window I’ve looked out for nine years weekly if not daily. With my main camers at least a 60 hop round trip on crutches I grabbed my phone and point, shoot, process, smile.
I started taking photographs seriously when I moved to Albania and wanted a way to document my experience and illustrate my blog of life there. Over time my reasons for taking photos have changed and today there are multiple reasons why I take pictures. Mostly, I do so to document the world. I’m privileged to have a lifestyle that allows me to live in a new country every few years and photography is my way of encountering, engaging and making sense of those new places. In many cases it’s a way of documenting places and people that are often unseen or overlooked and will eventually disappear.
I’ve always loved photography, but never really got into it. For a while in the early 90’s, I didn’t leave home without my trusty film camera. But I didn’t really thing of the cost of the film. I just shot everything and anything that interested me.
Lately, the homelessness problem in Los Angeles seems to be getting worse, or maybe since I’m one paycheck from being homeless myself, I’ve been paying more attention to it.
So my project is to document in photos the homeless epidemic we have in California.
I take pictures for two reasons.
I take photos to tell stories. I discovered that a photo is like a phrase. If you put some of them in a certain order you can tell a story which may be even more powerful than a story spoken in words. That’s why I almost never go for a single shot and I don’t have a preferrred one through my archive. I do have preferite stories, yes, but they are to long to be narrated here…
Why do I make photos ?
Well, that is a really interesting one.
Started a long time ago, with all my curiosity, when I was maybe 6.
Once I started to become older, I understood, and came to realize that, I take photos to remember all the special moments, and the world.
As, we all know, one day, there will always be details that will be forever lost, and landscapes that will be forever changed, naturally or by human intervention.
And as a World/Life/Planet/Animals/Humans/All Lover, I don’t wont to completely forget how special and beautiful was that moments and/or places.
So, I ended up choosing the way I have available to froze that special moments in time, my cameras.
Mario Valter MG
I make photos because I am compelled to take photos; I can not NOT take them. That being said, they are not always of the highest quality. This is one of my favorites because I forced myself to stop and ask the sleeping biker if I could make a photo. Usually I would be too scared and just drive on to work. Eric’s blog has helped me get over myself and just do it.
Photography to me is about meditation. It allows me to see the world differently. It allows me to see colours that others don’t even acknowledge. I would love to tell you that it gave me a noble purpose in live, and I hope one day it will, but for now, I do it for purely selfish reasons.