I am instructed to answer the following questions:
Why do I take photos?
What draws me to photography?
What are my motivations?
What keeps me excited and interested?
Why do I take photos? I've had to think hard on these questions and still unsure of the answer. I've always enjoyed taking pictures since I was a young adult. I loved capturing the activities that I was involved in. I had no children of my own, but did have a niece and nephews, so enjoyed photographing their cuteness! I've always been aware of the beauty of nature, and would note small things others would miss. I've seen how the wind will shake spring blossoms from the tree and they drift down like a gentle snowfall. I've seen early morning sunlight glint off the dew-coated grass of a large field. I've seen a field of wheat dance in the wind as the sky was heavy with dark clouds. All were such stunning pictures in my eye. I wanted to capture that beauty; the joy I felt observing the scene. It's only been in the last few months that I've taken the next step in my desire to learn photography, yet I still cannot say why I do it.
What draws me to photography? As noted above, the simple things in creation attract my attention. It's becoming an obsession- everything I see is a potential photo! I'm driving and note a vignette and think: "That would make a nice picture." (Rarely do I stop and do so.) I'm drawn to bold colors and interesting shapes.
I appreciate incongruence in a scene. What I mean is, something in the setting that is unusual for the scene. For example, after a hard rain last month, our local mountains were snow capped. I liked how the palm trees stood out against the frosted peaks and blue sky.
What are my motivations? Because I enjoy it? Good question. I'm still trying to figure that out!
What keeps me excited and interested? So just why am I spending time and money to learn this stuff? I still need to dwell on this. I will come back and add answers when I get them!