For as long as I can remember, I carried a camera with me wherever I went. When I was in high school (way back in the 1980′s) it was Kodak disc. Because of the images I captured all those years ago, my old friends refer to me as their memory keeper.
A few years ago I switched from my longtime career as a floral designer to a job that keeps me in an office all day. Sensing that I was desperate for the creative outlet that I was now missing, my husband bought me my first digital camera. My new Olympus moved into the familiar place in my purse and I found that without the expense of developing film I was able to shoot as much as I wanted. I started to look for photo ops — and living in Santa Cruz there was no shortage … the beautiful beaches and redwood forest, fabulous people, wonderful weather and San Francisco less that two hours away. I joined a 365 group on Flickr and started shooting and posting a picture a day.
When I was ready to move from a point and shoot to a DSLR, I got a Nikon D80 for my birthday. Armed with a bigger purse to carry it in, I took my camera off the automatic settings and started to experiment.
I love how having my camera makes me look for art in everything around me from a beautiful sunset to paint chipping off a wall. I have entered the Santa Cruz County Fair the last couple of years and this year I won Best in Show with my photograph Escher’s Patio. It was taken at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and with all the fabulous art and architecture there, it is (ironically) a shot of the patio off the cafe’. My husband chose the title because he found it reminiscent of M.C. Escher’s art, which portrayed mathematical relationships among shapes, figures and space.
My photography takes me out in the world and helps me connect with the fascinating people in it. I prefer still photography to video because I think capturing a moment can tell you more about the nature of love, or laughter, joy or sorrow.
I think Imogen Cunningham said it best: “Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”