What Photography Means To Me

I was recently asked to write a bio with a focus on my photography. The hardest thing I have ever had to write is a biography of myself. It is much easier to explain what photography means to me. I live my life with great love and passion. Photography is a way for me to combine all of my loves and interests.

I love natural beauty. Yes, I am the person staring at the beauty of the stars on a cloudless night or admiring a flower in a field. Photography is a way of sharing that beauty with others. Growing up in Newfoundland and living on Prince Edward Island allowed me to be surrounded by the beauty of the natural world. Landscape photography was my introduction to one of my great loves.

I love portraits taken in the natural lanscape. Beauty surrounds us and adds so much to a portrait.

History is a consuming interst of mine. I love learning about the daily lives of people from a forgotten era. Photography allows me to capture living history as well as the past.

I love to travel. There are few things as great as exploring a new place. I love to learn about a place, the people and their culture and the history of a place. After a trip is over I have all of the photographs to take me back to that place.

Creativity has always been very important to me. I wish I had expressed my creativity through photography instead of through fashion. The big hair, leg warmers, stir-up pants and green glitter hair gel were not some of my best choices.

People add so much to our lives: the love, laughter and tears. I have a zest for life and love to share that with others. Photography allows me to capture those moments that are cherished for life.

I love showing people the person that everyone else sees, showing them their true beauty. It is so easy to look in the mirror and see our flaws, our eyes automatically zone in on them. When other people look at us they do not notice the flaws, they see the whole picture. I love to show people that whole picture.

Classic art inspires me.  I want my photographs to be timeless with a classic beauty.

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love to have fun. I hope that that is reflected in my photograps. Because when all is said and done, you have to enjoy yourself.

Thank you for travelling along with me as I explore what photography means to me.

~ Jody

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