So I’ve decided to take on a year-long project to improve my photography through a course run by Donald Giannatti. The course starts off with a mission statement of what one wants to achieve.
I’m thinking about the message, whatever it may be should be a feeling that strikes someone when they look at a photograph. “Ah that’s pretty” is ok, but it sure as heck isn’t as great as “aw, yeah. you nailed it.” … or even better, an immediate frown, smile, laugh, whatever it is from the gut.
I’m looking to create strong connections between the subject and the place. Provide a sense of place to the portrait and more importantly a sense of a person being integral in that place. Conservation: Humans required. That’s a notion that often gets overlooked in conservation work. As a champion of land management and stewardship, I fully believe people must be engaged with nature – they always have. The mission is to make that someone as integral to the landscape as the landscape itself.
Here’s Wendy, a conservation minded weed warrior to the maximum. She is engaged – becoming a part of nature by her act of stewardship. More on hanging with Wendy here.
That’s my mission. Conservation: Humans required.