“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.” – Diane Arbus
I always wonder what people see when they look at my photographs. Of course, I see the likes and comments that people say. Most comments I see these days say “great photo” or a ton of emojis written out. While I appreciate the comments and likes, I wonder what they are really thinking. I’m sure some are just commenting and sending likes in order for me to notice them, but on occasion I some share a little more. Some comment on the topic I am focused on. Last week I wrote about the book I am reading this summer, and I had a few people leave some good suggestions for my next book. Sometimes I will post about my experience as an elementary school educator. Some share their support and some of the teachers I follow share their stories with me. I appreciate comments that I get from time to time. It helps me understand how people are, and it opens me up to others’ ideas. I appreciate the compliments too.
I wonder what others think when they see my work posted online. I would like to think that they enjoy what they see and would desire to visit this place themselves. Hopefully when I share the work that I do, it inspires others of great ideas and ways to take photographs where they are. Not everyone has the ability to travel all the time. I know I only have certain parts of the year where I can travel with work and all. I do try to take advantage of and photograph different sites in the city that I live in so that I can practice my skills. When I share photos of Charlotte or the places, I have visited maybe it adds them to places someone else wants to visit. If anything, I want people to see the photos I take and like them.
I took these last spring break while we were camping in Golden Valley, North Carolina. I know I am late posting these. I didn’t post a lot towards the end of the school year because I was busy and tired. Right now, I am trying to post some of my favorites that I have taken so far this year. My wife and I found this wonderful family camping resort in Golden Valley that was not too far from our house. On our last full day there, I decided to take my camera, and hike up the stream that ran through the campground. I often try to explore the places I visit in order to see different parts of it. This was a pretty fun place to explore. It’s great getting away from the city. All I could hear while I was hiking was the water flowing down by the stream.