My first professional film camera in 1975 began my photographic journey, more importantly, my taking time to really look, and then to really see. Extensive travel and more time in the outdoors offered such raw wonder that I had no choice but to attempt to chronicle some of these many ‘natural grace’ moments as I experienced them, both digitally and on film.
These observations captured in a nano second attempt to gather for me a compelling visual library.
Making an acceptable photograph is beyond satisfying. The lens points both ways . . . these results are deeply personal.
Visual artists who have taken pains to portray their subject, and are successful to their own critique, provide their audience a ‘freeze frame’ moment of ponderment. A moment of potential mind-less-ness. This contemplation delivers the viewer a solitude.
Such moments are common for those attending a symphony, opera, theatre, and other arts. Time to focus/consider intrinsic beauty, true as well for any experiencing the expanse and grace first hand.
Photography as Communication
Most all of us have at one time expressed interest in viewing a painting, design, sculpture or photograph. Perhaps unable to succinctly communicate the specifics of our interest. Nonetheless, we have taken time to consider it.
Directly experiencing a piece of art/photography, as listening to a favorite piece of music, supplies us the luxury of decompressing whilst contemplating it fully. Herein lies our potential to disengage from life’s clatter and scurry, to relax into some level of peace.
Patrick McCabe, ESQ.