Tuesday, August 7, 2012
A photo maker,
painting with light,
memories caught, frozen in time . . .
Hi, my name is Kim and I am a photographer.
There, I said it!!
For some reason that has been a hard thing for me to say yes to - that question when people ask me if I am a photographer. It's not exactly a random question and shouldn't catch me by surprise as I almost always have my camera around my neck or up to my eye. . . or I'm in the bushes or laying on the ground or stalking what appears to be air. But when they ask me I'm not really sure what to say because I do not get paid for what I do.
But several months ago, after my husband and I watched the sunrise, we stopped off at our local Farmer's Market where a woman asked me that very question. My husband stepped right in and answered a resounding "yes", as he knew all too well I would stumble and hesitate in my response. And I did. After a brief commentary on the matter she shared with us that she is a chef and although she doesn't get paid for it, she is no less of a chef because of it.
That moment with the "chef" helped me hear that yes in my own mind. It still feels strange, but I'm listening. So, if you have had similar feelings I am here to tell you to say yes, liberate that word right off the tip of your tongue. You are a photographer. And it doesn't matter what brand, or kind of camera you use as your vision and style will be the same regardless.
And while I'm at it, I may as well confess to one more thing. I have Photoshop Elements 9 and there it sits on my computer, still unlearned . . . sigh. I have always been a bit challenged when it comes to technology and it seems a little overwhelming. I really need to just take the plunge, but I have found that my imagination and creativity are just as welcome in Pic Monkey and Picasa.
So all you photographers and creative people get out your camera of choice, snap away and add your photos to our Flickr group tagged with Barns, our new theme for August, to be considered for our next weekly In Focus selection.