“To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”-Elliott Erwitt
Making ordinary into extraordinary. The mundane into something majestic through use of perspective. I believe this is something we all have the ability to do. Not just in photographs, but in life as well. I remember being at First Friday Art Trails one evening admiring an exhibit of string. While I was mesmerized by the colorful display, Diane tapped me on the shoulder and told me to look at the faces of everybody as they walk into the room. They immediately smiled. Nearly every single one of them. I knew then that the artist had accomplished what she had came there for, and I realized right then that my beautiful girlfriend had just seen something right under my nose that I had completely missed. This was a capture. A moment when I felt something that I knew I would never forget. While the artist had captured everybody's attention, Diane Eagle had captured not only my attention, but my heart all over again. This is what she does. She walks besides me and points to things and says “look at that” or “what if”. I love her for it.
A picture produces and image, but a capture is so much more. Captures are felt, shared, experienced and lived. When you take a picture it is true, you are composing an image, but you are also capturing light, shadow, depth, contrast and more. You capture a moment in time that only happens once. You capture memories and preserve them for others to experience. You capture far away distant places and bring them to others throughout the world. You capture emotions, share them with others and invoke emotions in the viewer. You capture character and beauty and majesty and truth. You capture history and events. You capture spirit and you capture love and you capture lives. Nothing ever happens when you just sit at home, unless it is with someone you love. Cameras are a great tool for creating captures but your eyes, ears and heart are by far the greatest. Pictures are great for entertaining friends on Facebook and Instagram, but captures remind us that we are alive.
As many of you know, every year I search for a word. One word that I can use to cast a vision of the person I want to be in the coming year. One word that will help me focus on my character, and creates a vision for my future. I do not pick this word. I ask that it be laid upon my heart. My word for 2016 is Captures.