If pictures have anything important to say to future generations, it’s this: I was here. I existed. I was young, I was happy, and someone cared enough about me in this world to take my picture.
Why I Love Photography.
There is a line from the Thornton Wilder play, Our Town, that pretty much sums up my passion for taking pictures:
“So — people a thousand years from now—this is the way we were in the provinces north of New York at the beginning of the twentieth century. — This is the way we were: in our growing up and in our marrying and in our living and in our dying.”
Through street photography I seek to tell stories that are familiar and ordinary. If you tell someone you went to the concession stand after the ballgame and bought a piece of Dubble Bubble you’ve told a boring story. But, these same stories come alive with perfection and light; love and celebration when they are photographed.
Through my photographs, I hope to inspire people to savor the life they have and to recognize the sheer perfection in simple things. I also love to take pictures of things that challenge our perceptions of beauty and quality of place.
I like contradiction and irony in photographs, like the picture I shot of this homeless man texting someone. Sometimes, photos reveal what we don’t see in person, freezing a frame of life that is so brief it can’t be forgotten because it was never remembered.
Irony and contradiction give us new perspectives on old stories and they help unravel misconceptions. I never manufacture the events or things I photograph, and I rarely, if ever, manipulate my photos with trick-effects. I have never used Photoshop, etc., but think it’s OK if you do. Photography is an art form and for many people shooting is just the beginning stages of creating that art.
You can contact me by email, jenx67[at]cox[dot]net or the public can message me on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/jenx67.
I shot for many years with my faithful Nikon D60. In September 2013, I upgraded to the Nikon 600. Sometimes, I use an extended lens by Tamron on the D60. It’s all great equipment. All things considered, I know very little about photography. Basically, I know how to focus, frame and crop. I recognize a good photo opportunity at least 100 times a day. I like to think the hand of God guides my eye to see the beauty in our fallen world. I’m afraid if I start learning everything my camera can do, I’ll become more focused on my own hand than the hand that guides me. This may also be a cop out since the Nikon Users Manual scares the absolute ka-rap out of me and makes me feel like I’m back in college algebra.
Photo Memes and Links
I am available for hire for a variety of projects. Email me at jenx1967[at]gmail.com. My work has appeared in The Oklahoman, Slice and Oklahoma Today.
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