DescriptionExcerpted from Flickr:Another of my favorite bridge. I often think of this bridge as 'my bridge'. Not in any sort of possessive sense. I claim no ownership over it. I share it gladly. But it is mine in a sense that it is a place for me that holds a powerful personal connection. I have so many memories wrapped into the steel of this bridge. I have spent so many evenings under it and mornings on it. If it has been a long day and I need to go somewhere to decompress, this is where I go. Sometimes I will stand in the park directly underneath the bridge and yell. If you find the right spot, it echoes back to you. I find this comforting somehow, it is almost like the bridge answering back. Crazy, I know.It is a beautiful bridge, no doubt, but I don't think this is wholly my draw to it, though it helps. I think it comes from knowing a place so well, so well that you feel comfortable there. It is like home, but it isn't. Or rather it is a home away from home. Though I admit that in this home you have to sometimes watch out for nasty pieces of rubbish lying around. Still...I have said a lot of this before when posting shots of this bridge. But that is ok. I don't mind repeating myself as long as you don't. And it is important to me, and I think important things are worth saying over and over again. Just like I keep going back here to take photos, even when one might think I couldn't possibly find a new way to appreciate this bridge.But then, the way I approach this bridge is pretty much the same approach I use for the rest of my photography. I throw myself into, invest as much of my life as I can. Because, as with most things in life, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it.
Zeb Andrews, Portland, Oregon Member Since July 2007 Artist Statement I believe:
Photography is magical. The ability to capture our vision physically so that others can share in it, amazes me constantly.
There is always a picture to be taken, it is just a matter of seeing it.
Enjoy what you do and you will begin to love it, love it and everything else will follow.
Hard work, passion and dedication will trump talent every time.
Photographs should never be taken for granted, by the time your grandchildren pull them from a box in the attic in 50 years, they will be priceless.
The best photography does not impress, it inspires.
Titles should be irrelevant. Amatuer. Professional. Master. If you use a camera, then you are a photographer, as simple as that.
Cameras may be remarkable instruments, but it is the people behind them that create.
Whether it is film or digital, 35mm or large format, color or black and white, they are merely different ways of doing the same thing, making photographs.
It is never enough to assume, no matter how frequently photographed a place is by a particular photographer, or a group of them, that every perspective has been explored, every vision realized, and every scene recorded fully. The best photography is not discovered in this manner at all. The best photography is born from the realization that there is always a new perspective to be found, a new vision to be realized, and a new way to record even the most familiar of scenes.
"Make visible, what without you, might perhaps never have been seen." Robert Bresson.