I've always enjoyed photographing creation and the beauty the Creator displays in it everyday. Put me out in nature and I can shoot for hours. As I have developed my skill and passion in photography over the years I have found how special it is to capture moments in the life of people that pass so quickly.
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David M. Holmes
Photography has been a life-long hobby that has turned into a passion. You can find me many days walking around my current location (wherever that may be) taking pictures, and capturing the nuances of the world around me. As I’ve been developing my craft, a few re-occurring themes have developed in what I like to photograph: nature, architecture, and night time photography. I think that because I also like to travel, those subjects are a natural development. Not only do I like to capture the memory of being someplace, but also focus in on how something relates to its surrounding environment. To me, photography is very organic. I mainly use my digital camera and lens to create, trying not to inject myself too much into the end result. Realistically representing the subject is important to me, but I also want there to be an element of surprise, wonder, or perhaps surrealism if that’s what I see in the subject. Not only do I document, I look for the inner meaning and hidden beauty sometimes so easily glossed over.
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Winifred Ealey McLendon
In high school, I had the opportunity to study journalism with the editor of the county newspaper. I was the one of the sports editors and enjoyed writing articles on the teams. Watching the athletes prepare for games and consequently seeing their hard work and determination made me eager to write about their wins and their losses. I experienced firsthand spontaneous expressions of joy when they won, and sadness and frustration when they lost. Since cameras were not readily available, many of those great moments will not be appreciated; however, they are etched in my memories. Since enrolling in the photography certificate program at Emory Continuing Education, my knowledge about photography, in particular digital techniques, has expanded. I have learned a great amount about the importance of light and how to manipulate it to obtain proper exposure, and I have learned about guidelines used to compose professional portraits.
Now to answer the question, I am passionate about candid images; however, I now find myself enjoying portrait photography. Candid photography gives me a chance to capture images of people in everyday settings or in places they enjoy; whereas, portrait photography gives me an opportunity to capture someone as they want other people to see them. Since I prefer spontaneous expressions, from photographing an athlete making a great catch, to a student walking across a stage receiving a college degree, to capturing a serene smile on a small child, my goal is to shoot personally and commercially. In candid photography, nothing is planned which means you never know what you are going to get until you edit your photos--
I call it my “moment of excitement.”
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When I first became serious about photography, I was focused on the technical aspects of learning how to make a properly exposed and nicely composed image. I didn’t think much beyond that. Over time I realized that my interest is in telling stories and so am passionate about photo journalism and photo documentaries. I am currently doing a documentary on the historic covered bridges of Georgia and another on young, up and coming artists in the Atlanta area. Next year I plan to begin to photograph National Parks in the US. Beyond newsworthy or interesting documentaries, I want my work to have a social impact and am currently doing another project on homelessness and poverty which I plan to publish in early summer 2015.
I will probably always attempt to produce appealing, well composed pictures and will do the occasional wedding and portrait for friends. My first love is story telling with photographs and I will continue to seek out those that will hopefully have an impact.
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