I’m still getting used to the idea of calling myself a real photographer, and maybe that’s a good thing, but as someone who is a part of the photographic community, I have an idea for us, a manifesto if you will.
It doesn’t matter if you contribute to NatGeo regularly or just run a photo blog like this one. It doesn’t matter if you use expensive equipment or a disposable camera. It doesn’t matter whether you consider yourself a photographer or not. May we, the professional and unprofessional, collectively remember to not get so caught up in capturing a moment that we forget to live in it.
May we learn to engage in the excitement and sadness of a moment without considering a way to catch it.
May we learn to divide our brains, to know when to grab a camera and when to simply exist in the day.
May we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed and inspired.
May we stop trying to use our cameras to freeze time and instead let it pass by.
May we learn to enjoy the beauty of temporary in our worlds of photographic permanence.
May we be captured.