Here's why I do photography. When I was in high school, I remember a friend of mine saying (and I quote), I want to leave my hand print on the world. I thought long and hard about that. It never left my mind and stirred something within me. Nobody wants to be forgotten. I believe in God, and it is my belief that we all live on in that sense, but there is an innate desire to leave behind a legacy for our posterity. Somehow, we feel like a part of us is alive still and connected if we are remembered.
I became intensly occupied with photography after that. It was my way of preserving someone's life and allowing other people, present and future, to know something special about that person. A way to allow that moment to somehow live on. Our memories do fade and we do forget, but photographs enliven details we would never have otherwise remembered. I have a passion for doing that for people. I just know your great great great grandchildren will look at your photographs one day and feel a sense of nostalgia as they wonder about who you were. I feel a sense of satisfaction knowing that they will be able to catch a glimpse of your essence by the sparkle in your eyes, or the grace in your fingertips. Whatever it is that makes you who you are.
I can do something better than leaving my handprint on the world. I can turn my heart to my posterity and beckon their hearts to turn to me. There is nothing the world can give us that's better than our own family and I truly believe that my photography is a way to turn the heart of the fathers to the children and the heart of the children to their fathers (Malachi 4:6)