What It Means To Be An Everyday PhotographerPosted by Katrina Kennedy on Jun 14, 2011 in 365, Blog, Feature, Photography | 43 comments
Everyday photography is a style of its own. We are the photographers dedicated to creating a moment when none may appear. We are the photographers who seek out good light on the darkest days, even if that means opening our refrigerators. Nothing is really off limits. We’ll carry our cameras anywhere to get “the shot.”
Somedays our photos happen in one click. Somedays we find ourselves clicking two hundred frames to find one we call the photo of the day.
Somedays our photos find us naturally, organically. Easily.
Other days we jump out of bed at 10PM to grab a photo of anything. Anything to keep our habit growing.
It is a habit. A ritual. A part of who we are.
People around us look in shock if we walk out of the house without our cameras. They ask us if we are feeling okay? They point out photo ideas and ask how we are going to shoot it. They remind us that we haven’t taken our photo of the day. They help us make the decision of which one to pick when the decision between two becomes too difficult for us to make.
They don’t question our external hard drive space and they know that our most coveted gifts are the technical kind.
For some of us we strive to improve our camera skills. Clicking away each day to become intimately familiar with every button and menu our camera contains.
Others strive to capture our lives. Grab the moments. Preseve the details. For ourselves. For others. But preserved, nonetheless.
Maybe we journal along with our photos or maybe we let the photo tell the story.
We learn how to light flowers. And legos. And dessert. We try techniques to get a great silhouette. Or shoot the moon. Or expose for faces in the dimmest of light. We practice painting with light and starbursts at Christmas. We’ve shot bokeh on street corners and carried a string of lights around our house, looking for subjects.
We’ve taken photos at dawn, dusk and times in between. We’ve played with good light and no light at all.
We’ve taken photos with our big cameras, a point and shoot and so often our phones.
We’ve shot breakfast and dinner and the drink at the table next to us.
We’ve asked strangers for a smile and stopped in at laundry mats for the experience.
365 has been our personal project. Made up of smaller projects. Created through the challenge of seeing our world through the lens. Made by the challenge to make this year’s photos different than last, even when the characters haven’t been changed.
We are photographers. Everyday Photographer is our special designation. It is our lifestyle as much as our title. It is who we are. It becomes how we see the world. It is our passion. Our love.
And best of all? We know there are others who share our love. Know what I mean?