“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”-Jonathan Swift
We all make photographs for different reasons. For me, photography is about seeing and conveying what I see in a way that evokes emotion in the viewer. The only way for me to achieve this, is to look beyond what is ordinary and invisible to others. The more I look, the more I find. I base my photography on my feelings. Therefore, my photographs are the visual expression of my feelings. My camera is my license to create photographs for your viewing pleasure; to spark an emotion, or feelings rooted deep in your soul.
Every subject I encounter is beautiful in its own way. Take for instance the photograph of the tobacco hornworm. This tiny little guy, was maneuvering the branches of my potato plant. I could actually hear him chomping away on the leaves. When I first saw this little guy, it reminded me of my very first encounter with a ginormous worm like creature as child. While that really wasn’t one of my fondest childhood memories, it did spark an emotion. I then began to look beyond seeing just a creepy big worm that scared the daylights out of me when I was six-years old, and began
discovering the beauty in this larva. I began to notice textures, smooth and ridged; colors, deep green, spots of red and white highlights. And then there were these tiny little feet, with the tiniest little claws for gripping the branches! I began photographing in order to convey its beauty and not from the perspective of a scared child.
I know there are many people that may look at this tobacco hornworm as just a worm, but from a photographer’s viewpoint, looking beyond the ordinary, this little worm is a beautiful living being made up of different textures and colors.
The moral of the story is to look beyond the ordinary, find the invisible, and showcase the beauty.