Why Photography is Worth It
The above photograph is a print from a roll of Ilford Delta 100 and illustrates everything that is fantastic about photography. It’s got blown highlights and significant motion blur – in short, it’s technically a failure – but it has meaning and emotion, which means it is a photographic success in my book.
I had the Mamiya C220 out and was taking some shots to familiarize myself with depth of field on medium format. My five year-old son was sitting near me, watching me meter and take photos. I turned the camera on him to take a shot. The lighting wasn’t great and I was using ISO 100 film so I asked him to sit still. If you know my son, you know that he immediately got up and started moving. He began to run from me and I chased him around the table. He was giggling and could barely run because he was laughing so hard. In the midst of my own laughing I decided to just anticipate his movement and shoot. This was the result.
If you look closely you can see the huge smile on his face as he runs from me. It’s an awesome photo of an amazing kid and faithfully captures the emotions of the moment, which is what photography is all about – something I need to be better at remembering.