Sorry about the glitch last Thursday – I didn’t mean for this post to go out then. Hitting the wrong button in WordPress is embarrassing, but at least my email subscribers got to see an example of how my posts usually begin – as just a few words jotted down to expand on later. Here’s the rest of it.
In the grand scheme of life, photography isn’t required. We managed for most of our history without photos. And even today, with cameras in every cell phone, many people never make a photo. So is photography important?
The world is awash in geo-political problems. World leaders with nuclear weapons call each other names and threaten annihilation. Scientists say global warming is going to drown our coast lines. Storms and earthquakes cause massive destruction and loss of life. Watching the evening news is overwhelming and sometimes even depressing. In this world, how important is an activity like photography?
Images and video play an increasing role in documenting problems and news in our society. Ubiquitous cell phone cameras give us a look into life as it happens, views that were less likely to be seen in the past. Is that a good thing? In general I think so, even though what we now see all the time is often uncomfortable.
Photography is also a tool. It lets us explore and comprehend things we can’t view with our own eyes. Just look at the incredible images that the Cassini probe has sent back from Saturn. This is extremely important data leading to a better understanding of our universe. Vital? Maybe not, but it is important.
What about photos like the ones in this post? Are they important? Maybe not to you, but to me they are. When I’m out photographing I can forget all about many worrisome things and concentrate on an activity I enjoy. If I’m lucky I become completely absorbed in the process – “in the zone”. Worries drop away – at least for a time. And sharing the results may not be crucial, but I do think it’s worthwhile. Allowing others to see what I can and they can’t is an activity worth doing. The photos don’t have to worthy of the Louvre. But’s it’s nice to get one every once in a while that goes up on my wall.
These photos were all made at the Audubon Birds of Prey Center in Maitland Florida. They take in injured raptors, treat them, and (if they’re well enough) return them back to the wild. They’re able to release just over 40% of their raptor patients. Some birds (like the ones pictured here are too severely injured, so they become permanent residents that we can photograph when we visit.
The images don’t have a lot to do with the ideas in the post. But they’re good examples. The act of making them got me out of the house to meet a friend. We enjoyed seeing the birds, and our donations will help the Audubon society to continue to help injured raptors.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Now – go make some photos – it’s important!
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6 thoughts on “Photography’s not important. Yes it is!”
Always look forward to your posts Ed, they really inspire me to get off my … and go out to look at the world around us….Thank you !
Thanks, Chip. I’m glad you’re inspired – we can all use more of that!
I agree, photography gives balance to every day life, and your photos of the incredible bird world are a pleasure to look at.
Thank you germac4. The Birds of Prey Center is well worth a visit.
It is funny, but the post that was deleted about photography and what is going on in the world, was meaningful to me. I was going to respond…amen. I thought your thoughts were real and I could certainly identify….Anyway, sorry it was deleted, but this post is interesting, too, and your pictures are fabulous. I might go to the Birds of Prey Center now…
Sorry about deleting that, but it really was a mistake and I didn’t intend for it to go out that way. I tried to expand on those same ideas when I finished this post.
I hope you do go to the birds of prey center – they deserve our support. The birds are relatively close but the light can be dim. Something like a 70-200 f/2.8 would be good. Wide open apertures can help blur out the enclosure details. If you want close ups / head shots, then a longer lens would be handy.