WHY MAKE PHOTOGRAPHS?
Eliot Porter said, “The essential quality of a photograph is the emotional impact that it carries, which is a measure of the author’s success in translating into photographic terms his own emotional response to the subject.”
Why make photographs?
If you choose to make photographs, then it seems a valid question to look at - Why make photographs?
Whether it is conscious (yet) in you or not, as photographers, we make photographs to express and to communicate. Once that is acknowledged, then look at that question - What are we wanting to express? ~and~ What are we aiming to communicate? The more you look at this, the clearer it is seen. The clearer it is seen, the more personal and expressive the work. The more personal and expressive the work, the more dynamic it naturally becomes.
As a photographer, you look at things. You not only look at the world - at the skies and the seas and the forests and the fields and the cities, you look at your self too - at your thoughts and your feelings and your emotions and your tendencies and your habits. Being a photographer is being one who mindfully looks at things. Therefore, being a photographer is as much a personal inner journey, as it is a worldly outer journey. The more one looks at this, the more compelling the work becomes, and the more rewarding the process is.
It is with this mindset that I’d say that mindfully looking at things, or simply - Mindfulness, is the primary most important aspect that we can bring to our photography.