I have a need to create. I have no real talent to draw, or paint, or sculpt, or sing, or play an instrument, or write a poem, or write a work of fiction. I can, however, photograph, and through photography satisfy my need to create. I usually photograph the natural world out of a deep appreciation for it, and because I’d rather be outside in beautiful places than in a studio.
I agree with what Robert Adams said in his wonderful essay “Beauty in Photography” – “successful art rediscovers Beauty for us”. Perhaps it is not in vogue for art to be about beauty, and certainly there are many worthy and worthwhile art projects that express insight into the human condition or what is going on in our world. My hat is off to those artists, yet I do not seek to emulate them. I simply seek to rediscover Beauty. I believe there is a place for Beauty in the world, and that if more of us spent more time feeling the wonder, awe, appreciation and humility one feels when one brushes one’s fingertips against Beauty, we’d live in a better world.