I’m currently enrolled in a photography class through the Photo School of the Upstate instructed by the renowned Richard Bernabe. The lectures have been informative and the discussions with everyone have helped me gain better vision as a photographer.
I haven’t been posting as many pictures lately because I’ve been busy applying to graduate schools, studying, and doing some campaign work. However, I’ve also been convicted of the fact that many times I simply take pretty pictures that are emotionally sterile. I desire to produce images that evoke an emotional response. This will rarely occur if the image sparks nothing inside of me when I am taking it. I need to ask questions such as “Why do I want to photograph this?” or “What emotion is this scene eliciting from me and what ultimately do I want to communicate here?” I need to let the right side of my brain do more work.
These thoughts and quotes arise from Richard’s article here where he expounds upon many of these concepts.
jonathan, i think you’re awesome! i had no idea you were such a talented photographer on the trip. i’ve been looking through your stuff and am so impressed. and your comment about taking emotion-provoking pictures really clicked with me as i was reading your post. i am literally knocked-off-my-feet impressed