Description Excerpted from a previous Flickr post:Thankfully it started snowing on a Sunday this year, which meant a day off for me, which usually also means a trip to the bridge. The roads in Portland really were not all that bad until yesterday, though it was incredibly amusing to listen to all the people who called in letting us know they would not be by to pick up orders because they were too afraid to drive on the 'snow'. (For most of the week the roads were almost always bare, but Portland has a long history of panicking as soon as any flakes start falling, no small thanks to KGW 8 and Fox News, you would think the world was ending...)Regardless of the conditions of the roads though, I can always walk to my favorite bridge, which I didn't do this day, I actually drove down with Wendi and Owen. Owen hated it, not the bridge thankfully (I hope) but I think the cold. He just wasn't in the mood. On an odd tangent, he is a bit of a snow baby, it snowed the day he was born, as well as last year around his birthday, and then this storm this year. Yet for all of the snow he seems most displeased to have to go out in it, particularly the dressing up part. With the patterns in weather he has enjoyed in his first couple of years though, I hope his outlook changes. ;-)Anyway, my favorite weather and my favorite bridge. Too bad they occur together so seldom.
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.