If I had to wager on it, I would wager that the image in this post won’t be one of my more popular images. I haven’t been a photographer as long as many others who practice this discipline, but I’ve been doing it long enough now to have a sense of what will “land” with most people and what won’t.
So why do I do work like this?
Basically, because it speaks to me.
I didn’t set out looking to make this image. In fact, the day I photographed this, I had not intended to do any photography at all. I was in Denver, Colorado on completely unrelated business and found that I had some time to kill. Walking down an alley between two buildings, I just happened to look up over the rooftop of one of the adjacent buildings and saw this scene. I suppose it struck me just right – it moved me enough to motivate me into the exercise of getting my camera from out of my car and making this capture.
And having finished the image and lived with the print a little while, I still like it, so I’m posting it here even though my guess is that it won’t be most people’s cup of tea. I would be lying if I said I didn’t hope that people would like my work, but ultimately it’s more important for me to stay true to my own vision and not let the reactions of others set the agenda for how I produce it.