"The greatest images you will ever photograph, are the ones you take when you are truly in love with the subject. Everything else you take a picture of is mediocre. "
This was coming from a very old man sitting on the bench in the park feeding the birds I was photographing. He smiled and asked “Are you in love with me?” I laughed, “I’m afraid i’m still on training wheels in that department.” He threw his head back and started to chuckle and retorted “Well then my dear, i’m afraid this picture is going to turn out mediocre.” I snapped one last time at the birds and tucked my camera inside my bag and said, “A mediocre picture that came with profound advice. I think it’s a perfectly well balanced trade off.”
He nodded his head in approval, winked and tossed more bread crumbs to the birds. I walked back to my car and just sat there for a second reflecting on what he told me. He’s right, I don’t have to wait for a published magazine or art gallery to tell me whether or not my photographs are great or not. If i’m taking a picture of something or someone I truly do love, it is a great picture. It’s one of my hearts masterpieces.
He showed me that.