I'm a self-taught photographer and retired from the US Air Force as a photographer. I used to 'specialize', on my own, in glamour and boudoir photography, but have always shot whatever looked interest... Show more
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I'm a self-taught photographer and retired from the US Air Force as a photographer. I used to 'specialize', on my own, in glamour and boudoir photography, but have always shot whatever looked interesting at the moment. The famous boudoir photographer David Boys once said that a photographer can only really be an 'expert' at one type of photography, such as boudoir, macro or photojournalism, and I agree about halfway with him. I was very good at portraiture when my real desire was to be the next David Hume Kennerly or Margaret Bourke-White, but I've since come to believe that 'specializing' means 'limiting'. Shooting the same subject matter over and over becomes boring and cripples one's creativity. Now I feel free to shoot everything simply because there are endless opportunities for great photos no matter what the subject. Shooting a wedding one day and an arson fire the next stretches one's imagination, challenges you and gives you the opportunity to learn new skills in the art of photography. I know I have weaknesses - unfortunately, photojournalism is one of them - and not everything I shoot 'tells a story'. Some subjects are worth shooting for their simple intrinsic visual value and needn't force the viewer to construct a story about the photo; any given picture can be fascinating to one person and worth hardly a glance to someone else. Therein lies the magic of good photography: appealing to someone's tastes, giving them a nice visual gift to study and, perhaps, ponder over. I've shot photos of things ranging from Presidents to peniless wanderers, childbirth to the funerals of the aged, peace to violence and love to hate and it's all worthwhile in some way. So while I may not be a David Boys or a David Kennerly, I still have a passion for dropping the shutter on whatever catches my eye and sharing the result with whomever chooses to look. I'm not the best shooter in the world, but I'm not doing this for accolades; if one of my shots appeals to or makes one person appreciate my work, then I have succeeded. So keep shooting, spread out, capture the world inside your magic black box and remember: pixels are free!