Recently, photography has become almost as widely practiced an amusement as sex and dancing – which means that, like every mass art form, photography is not practiced by most people as an art. – Susan Sontag.
If you tell someone that you are a photographer, you’ll likely get a response like “Oh I just LOVE taking pictures – that must be so much fun….”
And, truth be told, it IS fun. But it can be a lot more, and to get to that “a lot more” takes work. And frustration. And rejection.
And that’s not fun.
“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” – Leonardo da Vinci
I’ve finally ‘finished’ the photos I shot in India, time to move on.
It’s always a bit sad for me to declare a project done. There’s so much left behind, so many different paths I could have taken through the images. Maybe I’ll revisit the nearly 6000 images I shot and come up with a completely different way to see them, but I doubt it.
But you only get one life and it’s time for me to work on other things.
My name is Frank Miller. I am a full-time professional photographer in Salem, Oregon.
Originally I’m from Iowa (it happens) and there have been a lot of stops in between there and here. But I really like it here and hope to stay.
I work for a small liberal-arts college, taking photos and shooting video. You may remember applying for college and receiving 40 pounds of paper in the mail?
That’s me. Or at least, the photos are.
So I’m pretty lucky; I take photos for a living. People see them. And for the most part they like them. After working as a photographer, first as a newspaper photojournalist, now this, for most of my life… I feel like I can actually say that I’m pretty good at what I do.
While I love my day job (most days at least) it’s not really why I became a photographer.
I became a photographer to emulate my heroes (we’ll talk about them later) and to do my own work.
Why? Well.. let’s talk about that later too.
But for now, this is just a hello and the beginning of a conversation.