Tammy Hanratty: Musings of a creative life

Shoot because you care

Shoot because you care

Photography has been a journey of love and appreciation on so many levels. Being in the creative field asks us, the creators, to tap into life on a deeper level. When I ask myself, why do I create photographs? I am not sure that I can actually answer that directly or simply, but what I can say is that I can’t imagine my life not creating. I cannot image my soul not inquiring on deeper levels, connecting with life and listening deeply to what the world presents to me. Photography has such a profound ability to capture emotion, to connect, engage viewers, participants and artist, it sinks deep into the soul. Photography gives voice to my world, to what I see, hear, think and FEEL. Through my photographic process I observe & slow down, refocus & feel, than, respond/record. It becomes my metaphor for life in general. It has helped me tune into my own life deeper, and to observe the emotions that stir within me and to observe the often chaotic world around me, to observe the simplicity and beauty that is in it all.
Photography has many great metaphors to life. It is all about perspective. How I choose to ‘frame’ my life, my experiences, the subjects I choose to photograph. It is about my perspective with lighting & the emotion I wish to prevail. How I choose to see the light in the darkness and how I choose to see the compassion & beauty in everything that sits before me becomes what I capture in my lens.
The creative path requires great resilience, determination, humility and humbleness. Often, when the direction is overwhelming and the meetings to promote myself stir up fear, I am asked to dig deep into strength and face those intimidations. I am asked to embrace those lessons and to carry my creative soul forward.
To provoke thought and to portray a moment or emotion we need to connect with life on a deeper level. We need to care. We need to see that the people we photograph have a heart, a soul, a ‘story’ and a world that is all their own. Often times we can photograph something without actually seeing. Our motions become robotic and we function on auto pilot. And so often we become this in our everyday lives. If I want to create intimate moments and images that provoke an emotion, I have to hear and actually listen, I need to shoot with soul and not with the brain, I need to ‘re-frame’ my perspective. Learn how to refine the technical art of living!

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