Perhaps the burning bush burned a long time before Moses saw it.
Perhaps it burned a long time after he left, with bare feet and
a mission put in his heart.
Where is my burning bush? …Perhaps I need to remove my shoes….
Not a single digital camera graced the halls of Brooks Institute of Photography in 1980 when I graduated. So like the rest of graduate photographers in the Dark Ages, I processed film, spent entire nights in the stinky darkroom, sliced miniscule pieces of emulsion off negatives, and spotted prints for hours each day. And even though I’m not really a cave dweller at heart, I have to say I enjoyed the whole creative process.
After graduating, I set up a commercial studio in Austin, Texas, and photographed flying karate kicks, exercise equipment, rare coins, computers, real estate, and numerous other products and services.
I also photographed a young man (wink, wink!) who later married me and whisked me, a young woman, off to Prescott, Arizona. Prescott at that time was not a manufacturing center with lots of products to photograph, but my husband & I (with YHVH’s blessing) managed to produce six children, who kept me quite busy for a few years. I discovered the joy of photographing little naked babies and drool and the unexpected. I also enjoyed photographing big families.
Another move brought us to Missouri, and as children grew up, I learned the industry had up and left me as well, having gone digital. Old dog that I was, I felt like I was getting a second degree in computer science. My camera was a computer; my lab was computer-based; my film was a computer file; my darkroom was a computer software program (actually several programs); and advertising was on the web! I can’t say I have totally graduated with my new “degree” yet, but each shoot, each adventure, each success propels me along the way.
What I do find exhilarating is that the art of photography is always the same, no matter how the tools have changed. Lighting still draws my eye like a magnet. Composition pleases or excites. Color screams. Classic black & white pleasures. Posing speaks volumes. And people - people still beg & yet challenge me to capture some little part of their essence, of who they are or why they do the things they do.
My ability to create is a reflection of my Creator. Creating brings me joy. May it bring you joy as well. Blessing!
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