“Why Do You Love Photography?” Luminance Contest Winners, Week 6

“Why Do You Love Photography?” Luminance Contest Winners, Week 6

We are less than three weeks away from Luminance 2012, PhotoShelter’s conference happening this September 12-13, and we want to make sure that all in attendance are surrounded by people who love photography.

Luminance speakers are leaders from Facebook, Google, Lytro, Behance, 20×200, Christie’s, Hipstamatic, and many more. If you’re a photographer, technologist, designer, or care about the direction of photography, this event is right up your alley.

So we asked, “Why do you love photography?” and every week we’re picking 3 winners to win two tickets each to the event, plus the #ilovephotography party.  We will be announcing the winners every Thursday on The PhotoShelter Blog.

We combed through all of the entrants up to August 22nd, and after rounds of deep thought and careful readings, we have come up with our top three photography-lovers. In no particular order, we’re all set to share them with you now. Here are this week’s winners:

1. Bill Brokaw:

What’s not to love? From my trusty Kodak Instamatic (with the pop-on flash cube) to my mega-mega-pixal DSL and multi-wireless lighting it has always been that surge of dopamine or seratonin or chocolate syrup or whatever that brain juice is called, that has kept me an avid shooter for over 45 years.

When I create image or capture a fleeting moment at just the right time I feel it in my heart. There is a certain amount of tension and anxiety leading up to a great photo. You have to dig down deep and let it emerge. When it does, it just feels so right.”

2. Glenn Hieber:

Shortly after my traumatic brain injury [TBI] from a ’03 pickup vs bike accident a doctor counseled:

“TBI survivors frequently struggle appreciating literature and film. Deficits in memory, attention and information processing can stunt even the most beautiful story’s flow and harmony. Still photography savors it within the four sides of the frame. No need to rewind DVDs or flip to prior chapters to verify plot and character development.”

Photography love for me remains reaching survivors who, to date, decline medical help per fear of social stigma trending today. It is indeed an exciting time to survive, and even thrive, with traumatic brain injury. For me it is with a lens. Life changes with TBI, it doesn’t end.

3. Daniella:

Photography has been in my blood since before I can remember. My father placed a camera in my hands and let me into his darkroom before I could reach the developing trays. He taught me sun printing with leaves and to photograph snowflakes on a cold winter day in front of our house. I have been hooked ever since. I pick up a camera ever chance I get, but spend most of my time collaborating with others as a visual media specialist. I am passionate about all things visual from the moment an image is envisioned until the final piece is experienced by another human being.

Once again, we would like to thank all of our enthusiastic entrants on their fantastic posts and contributions.  Remember, you still have two more chances to win tickets to Luminance 2012.

Enter for your chance to win! We’ll be picking 3 winners for two more weeks.

To enter:  

  1. Share this link on your Facebook page, tweet @photoshelter, or hit the ‘Like’ button on this blog post to help spread the word and let people know you’re excited for the event. Then,
  2. Post your response to “Why do you love photography?” as a comment below in this blog. Be sure to enter your full name and website in the comment fields provided so we can contact you.

Contest Rules:

  1. We ask that contestants share this blog post link on their Facebook page, on Twitter by tweeting @photoshelter, or by hitting the ‘Like’ button on this blog post.
  2. Contestants must submit their response to “Why do you love photography?” as a blog comment on this post.
  3. PhotoShelter will announce the winner every Thursday on PhotoShelter’s Facebook and Twitter page. We’ll also shoot the winners an email to let them know it’s their lucky day.
  4. Contest ends on Thursday, September 6, 2012.

Good luck!

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  1. Jack Hirschorn at 12:54 am

    My father who has now passed away trained me as a photographer.As my sister said at his funeral,”we grew up with a light meter in our face”.He taught me to see not just to look.I am a musician.I like the moment in both music and photography when you are lost in the moment of creation.Music and photography are about “the decisive moment” to quote someone much more famous than me.In my musician photography,I am always drawn to the moment of joy.I use my father’s camera now and when I crouch down on the wooden floor by the church pews of my favorite music venue to take a photo,i bring up my left hand to blot out my peripheral vision and to only see the viewfinder image just like my father did on his cameras.In the name of my father,I shoot my photos with all of my heart,mind and soul.

  2. Alexandra Tremaine at 1:33 pm

    In high school, photography became my escape. Not to say I was a loser but I was effected by all the silly drama that makes high school what it is. Taking my camera on walks or photographing friends became a zen-ful act. The anticipation to see the end-product was exhilarating. The more I learned about the technical side of photography the more I grew. I devoured books and learned of the great masters. Growing up I never knew any photographers and it was always a mystery who was behind the lens. I never even considered becoming the unknown until I was enrolled at a liberal arts college. It was there that I realized how uninterested I was in everything but photography. The school, although a great one, lacked in the one area I dreamed to study. With that I decided to take a leap of faith and learn everything there was to know about the craft and enrolled at Brooks Institute of Photography.

    Photography has taking on many dimensions and I have had many dreams of where I could go, what I could shoot and how “big” I could become. For a long time I dreamt only of commercial and editorial work, thinking thats what it really means to “make it.”

    However, there were a few occurrences where I learned just what an impact I can make on individual people- at a very personal level. One of the heart-griping experiences happened four years ago when I was asked to photograph a family. The family was made up of a newborn son, a two year-old son and the parents. Not two months later the father died suddenly. It was a tragic loss but one that helped me find more purpose in my work.

    I had the opportunity to create beautiful images for this family. There are few other photos of the newborn son and father together. I created many. This little boy who will never know his father has the photographs I took that day. I have had another death of a client and two paralysis’s which have further solidified a deeper purpose with my work.

    I still dream big and always will. It is clear now that I will never stop photographing families, babies, portraits or weddings because on a higher level I feel that it feeds my soul.

    Giving back, freezing moments, feelings and relationships is why I love Photography!

  3. Peter at 5:57 am

    Such a Nice Post it is!!! Photography is my biggest hobby & I never miss a chance to click photos whenever I travel. I always carry my iPhone XS with moment lens interface which turns my iPhone into a mirrorless DSLR camera…

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