Why Photography Inspires Me

Why Photography Inspires Me

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The world is constantly in motion. In cities, people rush from point A to point B – commuters on the bus, students running around at recess, police cars whizzing to the next scene. In the countryside, insects swarm over crops and winds sweep over the vast landscape. Photography inspires me because it allows the viewer to capture one single moment in time. This image will never be the same outside of the frame; it’s immediately a historical artifact as well as a reflection into your personal memory.

My favorite photography subjects are from nature. The sun rising and falling leaves a magical luster over the landscape and it’s impossible to ignore the beauty.

Here are some of my favorite moments that I’ve caught through my lens in recent months.

Brendan Filice Photography: Driving through Mammoth

While driving through Mammoth Park in California, I couldn’t resist photographing this amazing natural frame created by the arc of the underpass. The beautiful bright sunlight is countered by the darkness of the tunnel. This was an incredible day with so much to see.

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Have you ever seen water so clear and grass so green? I hope my children and grandchildren are able to enjoy the splendors of nature as I have been lucky to growing up in green California. If we don’t take care of our planet our climate will definitely be in danger and these beautiful vistas will be nothing but archived photos – history.

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If you can’t tell, I love landscapes. Landscape photography is inspiring because it captures a sense of place. It provides the people you share your images with an source of inspiration for what this place is like – a walk in the woods or a sunset stroll in Laguna Beach. If the photograph is particularly powerful, it will evoke feelings like memories of being on the beach or happy nostalgia.

Photography is also inspiring because it’s not THAT hard. If you are struck by a certain moment in time, and you have a camera on hand, you can capture that moment! Just snap a photo. Even if you’re an amateur photographer, these photos will have an impact on you for your personal collection and for friends and family. And the more photos you take, the more skilled you will get with your tool. Your camera is your friend but it takes time to get to know each other.

 

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An Adventure in Solitude

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I can’t stop exploring.

I’ve been going out on hikes ever since I can remember.  There’s something awesome about getting out of school, leaving the suburban sprawl, and going on an afternoon stroll.

You push past low-hanging branches, climbing higher and higher (or lower, depending on your destination), you leap from boulder to soft patches of soil, maybe losing your balance and landing clumsily on your hands on the tough surfaces.  If you’re lucky, you pass a meadow blossoming with with fragrant wildflowers. You hear some some hurrying and scurrying in the grasses near you– it’s almost always a mouse or squirrel, but on a special day you catch sight of a coyote or a bear.

My favorite time of day, in the city or outside of it, is the brief hour between sunset and twilight.  This is a photographer’s happy hour. I always keep my Nikon on me to catch the unpredictable moments nature provides.

There is a wonderful solitude to being along in the hectic natural world.  Everything’s whirring about, bees heading to their hives, creeks running endlessly to an unidentifiable source, leaves gently falling.  It can almost feel noisy.  But for a human with a camera, it’s a time to be at peace and remember all the elements that make your life possible.

 

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