One thing I have learned in my maturity is that life is a journey with opportunities to learn, experience and appreciate all along the way. Sharing the images I capture is a way of sharing parts of my own journey as I develop my technical skills and my own visualization capabilities.
There are some who claim to be photographic “purists”, who maintain that any manipulation post initial exposure in the camera is not genuine photographic art. They may also believe that any final image that is not “photo realistic” is not “photography”. I disagree with these opinions in the strongest sense possible.
An image, any image, whether a painting, photograph, or three dimensional object in life is purely a manifestation of reflected light captured by the lens and retina of the human eye and then “rendered” in the mind. Since the characteristics of all human eyes and minds are unique, there is no, one correct or perfect manifestation of any image. What may be perceived as pleasing, interesting, accurate, imaginative, provoking or transcendent to one individual may be the complete opposite to another individual. All images have validity and an appropriate place on an individual’s scale of perceptions.
I am a practitioner and student of High Dynamic Range Image (HDR) photography. The HDR school is dismissed by some segment of the photographically inclined population as being too manipulative and dishonest to photo realism. I don’t believe this, I believe HDR images are just another, legitimate way of expressing the photographer’s visualization
My goal in my photography is to share my image visualizations with anyone who is interested, developing my skills and expanding my experiential portfolio along the way.