When I was fresh out of college and still idealistic, I considered entering the Peace Core and offering my services in the third world. I asked myself, what good is being a photographer in helping suffering and bring improvement overseas. I spoke no other languages, to speak of, and had no agricultural or engineering skills.
I felt I could do more good in the USA, so I took my camera to the streets locally. In my gallery you will find many inner city images, as I roamed about.
Turns out I was completely wrong about "what good is it?"
What the photographer offers is the time machine of now, kept for later. These images you take today carry on for others to view again, and sometimes again.
I review everyday, images taken for the media posted on internet, television, magazines, and newspapers, to walls of all sizes from the space in your home, to billboards of unlimited dimensions.
PHOTOGRAPHY is EVERYWHERE in ANYTHING
I can not imagine, anything more important today, as it influences all, again and again.
I was given the gift of seeing. I'm encouraged daily, as images are constantly appearing in the form of nature, people, geography, including the world I travel in. Lots of us enjoy this, but like music, if it isn't in you, it's hard to make it. You can buy cameras, so smart, sharp and steady, but still it has to be directed where and what to record.
I'll give you an example. Yesterday walking from my parked car, carrying my usual bundles to the gallery, I first passed a daisy like flower swaying in the breeze. Took it. Posted it yesterday. I then took a shortcut through a parking lot, passing the old courthouse. Saw a well dressed couple having just left the building. As I'm curious and friendly, it turns out they had just had a wedding and were going on in their joined world. Another quick photo. I sent it to them and now they have a documentary image of their lives, a historical image meaning more each day.
Even if you are not aware of it, your street images, or life recordings carry more than just face value. They carry a coinage of lasting time, long beyond today's interest.
Like I said, I was wrong.