I never understood why this quote was so important until I picked up a film camera. I thought my job was simply taking pictures. I don’t simply stand somewhere and click a button or two. I see. I look. I feel. I imagine. I dream. I invent. I create. I design. I compose. I craft. I pause. And I make a photograph. One after another. And with 35mm film, you have to trust yourself to know what you’re doing and believe that the process works. There’s no way to know until you get them back from developing and scanning.
And another thought:
The work I do? The images I hold? They are not mine for the taking. I make photos, yes. And I gift them back to you. They are, and always have been your photographs. For you to take and hold and behold. To touch and relive your memories through the photos I made. I only hold onto them for a while. You get to keep them for a lifetime. Which makes my job sacred and meaningful, and I don’t take that lightly.
So take a step into some slower moments held in slower frames with me. And maybe someday, we’ll get to enjoy the stillness and slowness together in person.
Your faithful truth-teller,