I don’t think of myself as a photographer, but since I take my camera with me most days, I’ve decided to show you some of the photographs I take. The ones in this post are from the University of Toronto campus last week.
Sometimes a scene calls out to me to be taken in black and white as I’ve done here. This is often an intuitive process.
I do very little editing of my work because of severe eyestrain when I’m on the computer too long. Generally, the most I do is optimize and resize the photos, as I’ve done with these, so they load easily online. Sometimes I crop the images and, on the odd occasion, I adjust contrast and brightness.
In the photos I take I frequently focus on the composition of shapes—the design element—as I have done in much of my work.
I find the photos help me remember things that I would not have—for example, I can recognize specific trees in the woods that I’ve photographed and studied.
At times I’ve found that photographing can take me away from the moment and into a place of acquisition. To help myself with this, I pause and take in what I’ve photographed, so that I am present where I am.