I saw a tweet from Moose Peterson ( @moosepeterson ) today in which he was urging people to go out and and shoot for Earth Day 2015.
This got me thinking - mostly the "...your photographs can change the world" message, what do your photographs aspire to?
What do you as a photographer aspire to? Are you someone that takes photos of your trips so that you can sit back and remember where you were when you pressed the shutter? Do you love to tell people about the stories behind your photographs?
Do you use your photographs to benefit others? How so? I would love to hear from you on what you do with your photos and why you shoot.
I realize I've just thrown out a lot of questions but they are honest questions. Moose is right - photographs can change the world. They can show a tender scene and turn a hardened heart into a warm, loving individual...if even just for a moment. They can brighten someone's day or take you somewhere you've never visited. I can give very special gifts to others like a portrait of a dear family member that can be shared with generations to come.
If you're not aware of Help Portrait it's a movement where photographers, make up artists, hair stylists or basically anyone that wants to help get together and shoot photos of people that haven't had their portrait made in a really long time. Some have never had a portrait of themselves. The slogan was "A picture is worth". Photography changes the world for these people and I guarantee you that the volunteers are changed too.
This post is mostly about hearing from YOU - how are you changing the world with your photography? What is the path you're taking your photography down?