Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
~ Dorothea Lange
Photography has always been a passion of mine. When I was in college, I bought one of those dinky cameras so I could shoot sunsets out of the dorm window. Sometime after we moved to Atlanta, I bought a 35mm camera, but I really had no idea what I was doing. There was no internet at the time, so I read what I could about using the camera and took photos that were about one step above the photos I took with the point-and-shoot box.
Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.
When I enrolled in Georgia State’s Library Media MS program, the only class that still had openings that first semester was Photography 1. The professor was John McWilliams, a renowned photographer and artist who studied with Harry Callahan. That semester with him changed my life in that I switched from the media program to photography and studied with him until we moved back to Ohio. I continued studying photography through Ohio State’s MFA program, the Maine Photographic Workshops, Community College of Southern Nevada, and other workshops and programs.
When people ask me what equipment I use – I tell them my eyes.
Over the years, I’ve owned Fujica 35mm cameras, a Mamiya RB67, a large format (4X5) camera, and a Canon EOS Pro, and I swore I would NEVER switch to digital because film was so much better. Famous last words. Today I shoot with a Nikon D5500, a Panasonic mirror-less, and my trusty iPhone which, I can assure you, takes better photos than my first film camera.
A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.
~ Annie Leibovitz
For a few years, I wrote and shot photos for clients that included Nevada Power, the Clark County School District, Broadcast Design Associates, US Home, and others. I also ran Nashville-Daily Photo and participated in World Daily Photo Bloggers.