” The purpose of LIFE is to give life PURPOSE.” – Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings
I’ve read and reread this quote maybe a thousand times or more and the meaning is never lost on me. When pondering what we should do with our lives we must find something, anything, that allows us to feel as though we are making a difference in some way. An actor may feel that as long as they can inspire others through the roles they take on then that provides them with a sense of fulfillment. Likewise, police officer may have been drawn to that role by a desire to make, at the neighborhood in which they serve, a better place.
As a photographer, what do you aspire to? Why do you pick up a camera every day? If it for fame? Money? Is it to one day achieve status and recognition among your peers? For me, learning photography has been, and continues to be a journey in which I’m learning much more than how to capture a moment in time. Through photography, I’ve been given an opportunity to learn things about myself and others that I might not ever have discovered otherwise.
Sure, I like to take nice pictures but that is only a by product of the experience. Connecting with people, capturing and helping them preserve life’s little moments…that’s where it’s at! That’s why I love photography and that’s why I’m proud to call myself a photographer. Even if by some chance I discover that photography isn’t my calling I can still cherish the journey and all the treasures I’ve found along the way.