Christie DuPree

Christie DuPree

Monday, May 5, 2014

A few thoughts on photography

I feel like a good photographer finds and borrows beauty that God has already put in the world; a beautiful face, the magnificent sky, the sun illuminating the softest hairs blowing in the wind..
But a great photographer borrows that beauty from the world, and then, at the perfect moment, draws forth a bit of their soul, and captures the beauty that God has placed within themselves.

(I could rabbit trail off into the subject of glorifying God with whatever talents and gifts we've been given, but although my above statement relates to that topic, it isn't necessarily exclusive to it. And I can already tell that is far too great a topic for the hour at hand. Which is almost 2am.)

I don't claim to be a great or even a good photographer at that, and in fact I wouldn't consider myself a photographer at all. There are so many wonderful photographers who I think have truly captured their own spirit, (perhaps a post on that later) so to put myself in a category with them at all just seems wrong.
Almost like calling myself a pianist when all I can do is tinker around a bit when there are people who spend most hours in a day practicing and perfecting that craft and earning that title.

With photography, it's really just that I enjoy capturing moments and I love the sound of the shutter and the feel of cranking the lever that advances the film to a new frame. It's strangely satisfying, and I find the whole process of using film rewarding.
Knowing that once you fire the shutter and crank that lever, for better or for worse, you've captured something permanently.

With all that said, I don't necessarily expect anyone to appreciate these photos but me, because they are mostly just captured moments of my family, and other random stuff that I feel I have a sentimental connection with more than anything..
But these are a few of my photos that mean something to me, so I figured I would share. 

There are always plenty of "stinkers" in each roll of film I get back, but when you're flipping through and find a shot that turned out exactly as you imagined it- that's what makes it all worth it.

If you've been wanting to get into film photography, I highly encourage you to go for it!