Pictures have remarkable abilities. They move us, they stir our emotions, dig up old memories, they can jolt us into action. Whether they’re snapped in 1/100th of a second or exposed over a 5 minute long baring open of titanium shutters, pictures are capable of telling profound and timeless stories.Through them we can experience and share the perfect width of the range of possible human emotions.
We all have favourites. The family picture with bent edges tucked into your wallet; the framed portrait of your romantic interest smiling her heart out to you from the top of your dresser; the warming nostalgic scene of the sun sinking into the horizon set as your desktop wallpaper, the yellowed frame of you carelessly parading the world butt-naked as a baby; the one that your mom pulls out to show your friends even if they didn’t ask to see it. They need not be epic depictions of monumental events or even technically perfect super-saturated combinations of colour; we all have, at the very least, one photo that we can truly say is etched onto our hearts for one reason or another. How then can we live without pictures?
I make no pretenses to being an expert in any area of the art of photography; but having myself experienced the power of a photograph to move and transport me across geographies and cultures, I am myself inspired to share what I see and capture by intent. Roaming Shooter is just that; a site that’s meant to share my pictures with those hoping to see either a different slice of the world, or a familiar slice in a new light. It’s a brand and a symbol meant to remind you, but myself first, that photography is both an adventure and a means of sharing the adventure. I invite you to join, browse, comment, and more than anything else, just as much as I have taken the time to do, share your perspectives and feelings about the images posted. I can guarantee that every comment will be read and every opinion valued, provided of course they’re appropriate for sharing and respectful of others in return.
Site planning en route to NY (Jan 2013)
I believe that great pictures begin with our feet. This may sound ridiculous at first, but I’m not the only one who believes this to be so. The following words by a few of my favourite photographers echo a similar philosophy:
“A good photograph is knowing where to stand” – Ansel Adams
“I only know how to approach a place by walking. For what does a street photographer do but walk and watch and wait and talk , and then watch and wait some more trying to remain confident that the unexpected, the unknown, or the secret heat of the known awaits just around the corner” – Alex Webb
“Buy a good pair of comfortable shoes, have a camera around your neck at all times, keep your elbows in, be patient, optimistic and don’t forget to smile” – Matt Stuart
I designed my logo around this specific philosophy; that if you want to take great pictures, you need to use your feet. The footprint is perhaps the icon most synonymous with the concept of ‘roaming’ and was therefore the most natural choice for an emblem. It is my hope that it will serve as a constant reminder of how best to quell the urge within me for creating images.