Only a grump would not enjoy the proverbial Andy Warhol 15 minutes of fame. I had mine recently.
The Baltimore Sun featured a collection of my street photography on its website. Along with my photos, the Sun posted a video interview with me. I wax and wane about photography but the interview gets to the core of my love for street photography.
I’ve been working as professional photographer for only eight years so receiving recognition in The Sun is rewarding. Yep, I know this sounds cliche but it also served as a validation of my work.
While I’ve only been taking photos professionally for a relatively short time, my photography career started when I was 10 years old. Using a Kodak Brownie at Camp Airy I snapped photos documenting camp life. Then I learned how to develop them in a darkroom. Darkrooms can be fascinating places for a 10-year old and they have always been for me.
On that day, the darkroom captivated me. Standing in a tiny room, lit only with a special red light, and then dipping paper with nothing on it into a chemical bath that brings out an image was magical. I was hooked.
Today’s digital world doesn’t have the anxiety of developing film for the first time. It doesn’t contain the drama of standing in total darkness and fumbling with a film canister that you can’t see but you open and load onto a spool hoping it’s really there and not wrapped around your feet on the floor. Then you take a deep breath and pour the chemical solution into the canister to create negatives.
Digital photography, of course, is different and easier. Pop a memory card into a card reader or into the computer and voila, images download. However, the anticipation and excitement of seeing your images enlarged remains the same.
It’s also the hunt that makes photography enjoyable. Taking to the street with your camera and not knowing what you will find there. Different day, different street, different time, different light it’s never the same. It’s always different, always fun.