“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.” ― Susan Sontag
There are about 2.5 billion cameras in the world. 300 million images are uploaded onto Facebook EVERY DAY and about 3.5 trillion photos have been taken since the 1830's. The first know photograph was taken by an unknown photographer of an unknown man getting his shoes shined. Very little has changed where the most mundane of our daily activities are recorded for posterity. This may lead you to question the merit of photography as an art form now that half the world has a decent camera in their pocket. Just as there are billions of pens in the world, does not mean that there are countless of master drawings in shoe-boxes in peoples homes.
The camera is a tool, much like the pen, that we can use to document, understand and capture fleeting moments that help us to understand ourselves a little better. And like a pen wielded by the right hands create a great piece of art, so to does a camera. It is a box that captures what we point it at and when.
Photography to me is a starting point, much in the same way as a drawing. I bring the camera with me when I can and I have thousands of images of architecture, landscape, streetscenes, family occasions, flowers, birds, insects and whatever random shite caught my eye. These images now gather virtual dust on a computer until I decide to share them as stand alone images or use them in designs, drawings or prints.