Photography is a gift

Photography is a gift to the viewer.

This is one idea I have that I feel I haven’t expressed very well in my blog yet. Art should be a gift to the viewer. There is no hidden purpose, no product that I’m trying to sell to you, no hidden agenda with trying to become the most powerful person in the world! Hahah (okay maybe). But seriously, the reason that I take photographs and present them to you is because I want as many people as possible to see and appreciate the lives of other people. That’s it.

These moments deserve to be remembered, normal people are so often left out in the mass media that I want to put them onto a pedestal and lift them up. To be venerated beyond pop music stars and actors. This work is a gift to you, I want you to see these photographs and realise that you, just like everyone else around you, can be the subject of a work of art. everyday life deserves a place next to the mona lisa herself. The gift that I am trying to give you is the feeling of love that I feel when I take these photographs. That being said I don’t know if I will ever achieve my goal, most artists spend their entire lives doing nothing but preaching to the converted. Not that that’s a bad thing. I also want to have my work be seen by those that feel differently, that don’t see anything of value in the everyday.

I remember when I was sitting in a history of photography class and I first saw the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson and it was like a veil was lifted over my head. Holy shit! Everyday life can be the subject of beautiful photography. It was like the philosophers that I was studying came to life in the photographs. Humanism incarnated into the form of a photograph. (Cartier-Bresson also took portraits of most leading existentialists like Camus, Sartre, and De Beauvoir) I want to inspire others to be more humanistic through my photographs. To see, and appreciate, and to love, for no other reason other than these people exist. My photography is a fight, a fight for the belief that Life is worthy of admiration.