I’ve been learning to see, with the help of various cameras, for more than fifty years. One of my intentions for this blog is for more people to see and enjoy my photographs and to understand what I am seeing when I click the shutter.
While I have travelled the world extensively and enjoyed seeing many “famous” places, much of my work has been done in my backyard, literally, or within 20 miles of home. Even at places like the Grand Canyon, I’m probably the guy doing a closeup detail of a rock or the ripples in a stream.
I also find it very educational—and inspirational—to see the same places over and over and over again in different light, with different weather and in different frames of mind. Walking the same path everyday can lead to boredom and not seeing, and it also presents the opportunity to see the richness beyond the first few looks.
So much of my enjoyment of photography comes simply from being outside! There are few things as exhilarating as standing in the middle of a stream (carefully!) looking through my viewfinder with the roar of the water filling my being. Even if I have no film or storage card in the camera, who cares?!
I don’t consider myself to be a great technical photographer and I’m OK with that. While I certainly admire the results that can come from technical expertise, I typically leave my camera on automatic and often do not use a tripod. Most of the time I can use the photographic tools I have to get close to where I want to be. For those who are interested, I now use just a few lenses, fixed and zoom, and three Pentax digital cameras. I process images minimally in Lightroom 3.0. You can see more of my work on my other website.
You are welcome to download any of the photographs on either the blog or my website for your own personal use as a desktop image. If you want to use it in any other manner, please drop me an email (jrsnelljr “at”gmail.com) with your thoughts before doing so. Prints are easily available as well.
I want my work to inspire you to see life differently and create more art—whatever that means for you—in your own life. Over the years I’ve certainly been inspired by many, many others. It will please me to know that has happened, so do let me know via email or comments. Hearing from you makes the effort of writing and posting worthwhile.
If I might suggest one thing, it would be to go outside today, regardless of the weather or whatever else you have to do, and do it no matter where you are. This computer and this images, as much as I love them, all pale by comparison to the real things you will see there.