my idle youth


This is what photography does.

You’re walking along, minding your own business, on your way from this place to that place, and then you see something. Some arrangement of line and form, some odd placement of light or shadow, some distinctive shape, some color, some thing. You’re probably the only one to see it. Others may look at it, but you see it. And it draws you in.

So you photograph it. Maybe just for yourself, just for your own delight and pleasure. Maybe so you can show it to others, some of whom might also see it. If they see it too, the delight and pleasure grows. If they don’t—well, it doesn’t matter. You saw it. That’s enough.

This is what photography does. It gives you the power to see.

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