me and photography

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I just ate my lunch. And before that, I cooked my lunch. And during that time (the cooking), I took a bunch of spontaneous, random photographs of my kitchen sink.

Taking photographs is one of my favorite things to do. I can lose myself for hours, taking photographs.

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Sometimes I look at other people’s photos, and I wonder how mine fit. Because everyone’s photographs have to fit into some kind of absolute photography spectrum, right?

Okay, I’m joking. But sometimes I really do wonder how my photographs fit.

I know I’m not a professional. I don’t get paid for my photos (except maybe for ones like these, that I take for work, on work time. Technically, I got paid to take those. Just saying.)

But I also know (because some really kind people have told me so) that the photographs I take are… well, at least interesting. If not downright good.

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I don’t really care about the technical part of photography. As in, I know what f-stops and exposures and lens numbers are. I used to take film photographs with a vintage Canon SLR.

But I don’t really care about the technical stuff. And I don’t care (at least, not right now) about getting proficient with those things the way that I imagine professional photographers need to be proficient, in order to take really, predictably, good photographs.

I just like to look.

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I like to look, and I like to see things in new ways. So if I can point a device at a scene, and push a button, and maybe push some more buttons a little further along in the process, and come up with something that startles me, or enchants me, or thrills me, then I’m happy. Doesn’t take much.

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What are you trying to say, Michelle? I’m not sure. I guess just that I spend a lot of my time taking photographs. It’s important to me. I like seeing things in new ways. I like exploring my world.

And (more and more) lately, I like sharing what I do.

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I also like best (and this is added as almost an afterthought) any photography that is expressive. I’m thinking my photography is kind of expressive, if nothing else.

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All of the photographs in this post were taken with the Hipstamatic iPhone app.