I photograph to tell stories. Rather, I want to tell stories with my photographs. When I shoot, there are usually stories, clouded, unfocused, boiling away in my head, and they usually completely evaporate by the time I get home, process the negatives or digital files, and get ready to share. So, really, I’m mostly an opportunistic shooter: at best, I photograph to give glory to God; I sometimes photograph to see what things look like as photographs; I sometimes just shoot without giving it much thought.
In the past—and if I’m being honest, today too—when it comes right down to it, most of my photography is more or less random. Sure, I did some “projects,” but they were mere technical exercises, really:
I have some plans, there are things I want to do, but I make no promises or pledges: I’m trying, sort of, but Allah alone knows what the future holds. I usually tell a little story about (or around) the pictures I share, but I want to shoot for stories or I want to write stories and then go shoot for them. If that’s really what I want to do, I should get started.
Follow along, and see how I do.