The Camera is an Instrument...

October 15, 2013  •  3 Comments

Self-Portrait in the Natural Oil at the Great Salt LakeSelf-Portrait in the Natural Oil at the Great Salt Lake

Self-Portrait: Natural Oil on the Shores of the Great Salt Lake


Dorothea Lange once said, "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." I didn't know it at the time, but several things happened in my young adult and teenage life that shaped the person I am today. I never would have thought I'd be taking on a career in photography. I don't think it ever crossed my mind that it could be a career. I've always loved art, and I realized I expressed my view best through photography. I was fascinated with the workings of a camera and often read the manual to my dad's old Minolta SR-T 303b. It wasn't until my early twenties while I was traveling alone with a simple point and shoot in places like Jordan, Egypt and Vietnam, that I realized how much photography meant to me. I manipulated and controlled that little point and shoot to its full extent. That pursuit kept me wanting more. 


In high school I struggled to see the board in class. In college it was only worse. I wasn’t aware of what I was really missing, so I put off going to the eye doctor to get the proper prescription. Once I got contacts my whole world changed. Horizons came into focus. Light was more complex than ever. It was a whole new way of seeing. Literally. This was when I really started to get serious with my photography. The two coming together really sparked something for me. It all came together beautifully. 


The camera has given me the chance to explore and to see things most people would just pass by without a second glance. That pursuit to capture the way the light falls on a mountain’s peak, or Dorothea Lange’s search for that tired look in an exhausted mother’s eyes, is never ending. You will “see” more in that pursuit. Much like the first time I put in my contacts; the world will come alive after looking through a camera.  


Jaime Riverton(non-registered)
I'd describe myself as someone who is astounded continually by the outdoors, but I don't have the right brain to "see" the lines, color, and light the way some others can. I love your photos and your insight into it here. It helps me appreciate it even more and helps me understand why I'm enticed to spend hours on end staring at it when I can't accurately describe to myself what exactly I'm looking at.
I love that.
Wow, that's so fantastic! So Cool!
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