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Best. Quote. Ever.

My role as a creator comes full circle and I feel fulfilled when I capture, edit, share, and receive feedback on my work. The camera allows me to share my slice of reality with others. Whether my slant on reality agrees with the viewer or not, ultimately, does not matter.
 
What matters to me is successfully communicating my aesthetic experience of a particular subject through my art.
 
Recently, I had the opportunity of exhibiting six landscape works at the InSight Gallery hosted by the Chicago Photography School during the Ravenswood Art Walk. It was a dream come true for me on many fronts. Ravenswood, on Chicago’s Northside, is where I grew up and I’ve always been a fan of the yearly end-of-summer art walk. I also love the community at the Chicago Photography School and to be on display alongside wonderful photographer friends was exciting.
 
The weekend was filled with over 1,000 visitors walking through the gallery space and I had a lot of insightful conversations about my work with others.
 
Some people shared with me their personal experiences with the National Parks I had photographed and others asked more technical questions about camera settings and technique. One man in a tank top with bulging muscles stood across my work and, as if he wanted to beat the answer out of me, looked me square in the eye and muttered, “How did you get those colors?”.
 
 My favorite comment, however, was made by a lady that pulled her boyfriend aside and said, “It’s like Ansel Adams but in color!” My jaw dropped to the floor.
 
Are you kidding me?! She had no idea how much her comment meant to me but I was ecstatic. My work somehow resonated enough with her to make the Ansel Adams connection. Of course I’m no Ansel Adams— far from it. And, although Adams is most known for his prolific black and white landscape photography, he also dabbled in color. Nevertheless, her comment offered some assurance that I’m artistically growing in the right direction.
 
Printing and exhibiting my work is a goal I hope never to lose sight of in an age where it’s much easier to post online and leave it at that. After all, the printing process has the power to reveal what we’ve overlooked and hanging in a gallery, or on any wall for that matter, carries with it ascribed respect and admiration for our work.
 
And I’ll be listening. Not to inflate my ego but rather to gauge if my photography has successfully communicated something of value to the viewer.
 
After all, it’s more fun interacting with others about my art than staring at the computer screen and questioning whether it means anything to anyone. And, if you’re wondering how I got those colors… well… half the secret is in drinking a lot of coffee!