For me, photography is a great way to truly experience the beautiful moments in this world. Fortunately beautiful moments happen all the time. Pretty much every day, every hour. The trick is to pay attention, notice them. That’s what I love about photography. To do it right, you have to be all there. You know, the ‘in the moment’ thing. It’s become a bit of a cliche, but it doesn’t make it any less true. Almost as soon as I put my eye to the viewfinder, things quiet down. I’m absorbed by what I see. All of the normal background noise in my brain; random thoughts, anxiousness, things I need to do or plan are suddenly gone, if only temporarily. I’m just there, all there.
I’m not trying to romanticize the experience. This is just a normal part of the creative process that we all experience from time to time. However, out in the wild or when I’m traveling, I do feel a deeper sense of stillness, rightness, connectedness. I’m sure the sheer beauty of my surroundings, feeling the elements on my skin, the smells and sounds all influence my perceptions. Whatever the reason, I always come away with an overwhelming sense of gratitude and peace. It’s a great feeling and I hope I can convey some of what I experience through my images.