Although I was mildly influenced by no less than 2 professional photographers and 2 artists in my family, I have had no formal training in photography. My interest started when I was in high school, some 30 years ago with pinhole cameras, a basic SLR camera and darkroom film development techniques. It wasn’t until 2005 that I started taking photography seriously when I acquired my first DSLR to replace my SLR film camera.
I started with nature and landscape photography. I felt I had a great deal of success with it, mainly due to my appreciation and closeness for all things to do with nature. But I soon learned that nature photography was happenstance. Many times, a great image was pure luck because I was in the right place at the right time. This was especially true with wildlife. It was then that my interest moved to challenging the observer to acknowledge the ignored. Urban photography was the perfect venue for me to explore this interest. Because I was challenging the observer, I was challenging myself and that is when my true talent started to emerge. I have been blessed with the ability to see the finest of details that collectively make up the busy world we live in.
For me, the perfect compliment for a photograph of mine is “Wow, I never noticed that before.” That is my goal when I set out on my long photo walks. To capture the texture, color, rhythmic patterns, shapes within shapes that surround us and collectively make up the whole. In my inner and outer worlds, every detail serves a purpose, every piece matters, everything deserves attention. All is not mundane. It depends on how we choose to observe it.
© Janice M. Lind