There will be a brief break from Lessons from the Animals for a little bit. Mostly because I haven't photographed a lot of animals since it's been so hot, humid and buggy (good lord the mosquitoes).
In the meantime, I've been thinking about a question that was recently posed to me. Someone wanted to know why I take photos and my response was "I'm okay at it." And yes, that was a cop out response.
While God given talent does play a role in it, there's really a lot more to the reasons why I do this than could be said in the 5 minutes it would take for the bartender to pour our beers.
First and most importantly, it allows me to help other people. I have some skill with a camera, or so I've been told, but that means that I need to do something with that skill. If I can, I donate prints or take photos for websites or just spread awareness for a zoo or type of animal.
Secondly, I love the idea that photography allows you to view the world through someone else's eyes. I don't know if anyone else does this a lot, but I really enjoy going to event shoots with other photographers, especially photographers that I know. It's amazing that two people shooting the same subject can come up with complete different pictures. I'd like the idea that I can share my world with others and in return I can have a look into their world.
Thirdly, I love the idea of capturing moment in time. There's a reason why I stick mostly to wildlife and sports photography, the challenge for me is that if I miss the moment it's gone forever.
Lastly, if we are being honest, there's a little bit of fear. I'm a little afraid of being forgotten. There's not a lot of surprise here, it's a pretty common fear, that's why so many people strive to make their mark on the world. For me, photography helps me do that, even after I'm gone, I hope that my photos will carry on being enjoyed by people.
So there you are, my reasons for doing what I do. It may be a bit selfish, but it's a pretty personal question.
Lessons from the Animals will return shortly, probably next month sometime. In the meantime, why do you do whatever you do? Respond down below.