I haven’t been posting regularly for a little while due to a new addition to the family, my son Charlie. Since his arrival, only one thought about photography has been reverberating in my head.
Photography should be there to capture whatever it is we love or find fascinating about life. Photographing, simply for the love of photography, seems shallow in comparison. Yet, there’s comfort in obsessing over photography itself.
One of the most popular photography sites, Photojojo, thrives on this comfort. As happy-go-lucky and fun as sites like Photojojo may be, they feed on your love of a process, instead of the product of that process. That’s distracting. That’s resistance. That’s stifling to creativity.
There’s an often misquoted phrase, “money is the root of all evil.” The actual quote is “the love of money is the root of all evil.” There’s a big difference. Money, like camera gear, is simply a tool. Falling in love with tools instead of creating something with them is a waste of time, love and life. Call that evil if you must, but I just call it something to avoid.
Charlie is my new reason to photograph. The love I have for him will be evident in each photo. Who, or what, is your Charlie right now?