Why I Take Photos...

I personally think every person should find at least one thing they can do to express themselves creatively.  My one thing is photography.  When I am out shooting, it is a time when all my focus is on what I am doing.  I do not have to worry or be preoccupied with what I might think the turn out might be.  All my focus is on finding the photo and taking the photo while I am out shooting.  In many ways it is a form of meditation for me.  But there are also more reasons why I take photos...

First it has taught me to focus on what is around me and to find beauty in it.   I have looked at this window a thousand times, but for some reason one day I noticed the lighting looking just right and I decided to take a picture of it.  I processed the film and even though it was just a picture of a window there was something about it that I really liked.  Maybe it was the lighting or how the blanket was positioned on the chair.  Whatever it was I took a moment out of whatever I was doing and was able to focus on something productive.  

Shot with Canonet QL19 on Ilford HP5 at 1600

Shot with Canonet QL19 on Ilford HP5 at 1600

Second is I really enjoy documenting people, places and events especially where I live in Wichita, Kansas.   There are so many areas of town that have changed and look different than they used too.  I enjoy going around and documenting the city that I live in.  I try not to procrastinate because you never know when a building will be torn down or construction will begin.  I made sure to capture this old Autos R Us car lot before it gets torn down.  I have a strange feeling that it will be coming soon.  

Shot with Canonet QL19 on Ilford HP5 at 1600

Shot with Canonet QL19 on Ilford HP5 at 1600

It also allows me to look at the world in a different way.  To find humor in it, or maybe even sadness at times.  There is always something quirky around the corner and if you don't stop you might never notice it.  

Shot with Canonet QL19 on Ilford HP5 at 1600

Shot with Canonet QL19 on Ilford HP5 at 1600

So if you haven't found your creative outlet, don't worry it isn't too late!  Go out and find it!  We all have different talents and interests.  Life is too short not to find yours ~ @RoyceOnTheRadio

Shot with Pentax ME on Ilford Hp5 400

Shot with Pentax ME on Ilford Hp5 400

Shot with Pentax ME on Ilford Hp5 400

Shot with Pentax ME on Ilford Hp5 400

Shot with Canonet QL19 on Ilford HP5 at 1600

Shot with Canonet QL19 on Ilford HP5 at 1600

Shot with Canonet QL19 on Ilford HP5 at 1600

Shot with Canonet QL19 on Ilford HP5 at 1600