I think my primary motivation is to capture images that are portals. I want that Proustian moment, where the image instantly transports me to a particular time and place -- either real or imagined. I think that's why I love textures so much. They give an ordinary photo a "false history," which captures the viewer's imagination and adds a sense of story.
|Processed with Kim Klassen's "Mayzee" (color burn @28%) and "Scripted Autumn" (color burn @100% and screen @57%, texture brushed off center)|
|Kim Klassen's "Warm Grunge" (soft light @100%)|
|Kim Klassen's "luminous" (linear burn @35%), and three layers of "warm sun" (screen @100%, soft light @100% x2, texture brushed off plate)|
I also take pictures to recapture a sense of place. This is more interesting to do when traveling, but I try to think like a tourist at home, too. Not too successfully I might add... these are all from Italy:
I take pictures to get inspiration for my art. I am drawn to the graphic designs and patterns I see in nature:
I also take pictures so I can laugh. I ran across this guy on a hike through England's Lake District last summer:
|Kim Klassen's "Love in Layers" (color burn @100% and screen @83% with texture brushed off sheep to create a vignette)|
And of course, there's Jackson...the only dog I know who sits on the seat in the car and gets indignant when a human tries to share his space.
I guess the idea is that if you know what inspires you to take pictures, you've taken the first step toward actually taking the pictures you want.