Something happened to me when I developed a passion for landscape photography, I stopped taking snapshots of everyday adventures with my family. All of the sudden, I switched off the desire to document my life, when I switched on trying to develop my creative eye. A docent at the local museum, helped me realize what I was skipping.
We went to visit the girls, and spent the day touring the Oklahoma City Memorial and the Oklahoma City Art Museum. I was walking through the museum enjoying the art, when a docent saw the girls sitting in front of two paintings (checking their iphones). She asked me if it would be OK if she took their picture (on her iphone). When I looked back I realized what a great moment she noticed. I captured it too, and then went on to take pictures of art that resonated with me – not to do anything with them other than to think about what I liked after I left the museum, and to place in my memory book as a reminder of a great day.
I don’t think I can turn on my “snapshot” mode just like that, I will have to work at it, but now I’m intrigued about how photojournalists see and how I can apply that to my everyday life. It will be something I study and explore in the upcoming months.