I'm an introvert and an observer. I think that I was always making photos, I just didn't have a camera until I was 17. Photography allows me to capture moments in time, the way I see them. It is a tool that helps me define my perspective of the world. As an adolescent girl, struggling with life and trying to find her way in the world, photography fostered my sense of self. In a way, it gave me a voice. One that I have finally found and will forever be developing.
“Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.”
– Ansel Adams
Though it has been years, I also love being in a darkroom. I love the scent of chemicals, the hue of a safe light, loading my film reel in pitch darkness and watching my photographs develop in what seems like magical liquid. I learned to develop photographs in a darkroom back when digital photography was unheard of. Even when I took photography in college, all of my photos were developed in a darkroom. You lose track of time in that comforting cave and the hour you set aside to work somehow turns into three or four. When I reflect on those times, I realize that it was an awesome way to be in the here and now.
“For me the printing process is part of the magic of photography.
It’s that magic that can be exciting, disappointing, rewarding and frustrating all
in the same few moments in the darkroom.”
– John Sexton
“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”
– Alfred Stieglitz