Rebecca Wilks

Rebecca Wilks; Photographer, Teacher, Yarnellian, Do-Gooder

Saturday, March 10, 2012


A reasonable person might ask, when so many of us have cameras (if only in our phones), what's the point of bothering to really study photography? 

You're just pushing a button, right?  Well, that's the subject of another post. 

There's the 'follow your passion' argument.  Trite sayings like this generally contain some truth.  We  may well get us some hints about our purpose based on the feeling, or knowing perhaps, that we're doing what we're supposed to be doing.  Not to mention that life is much better when we're having fun.

Its also tremendously rewarding to create a work of beauty.  Photographs are frozen moments.  They can also be moments of ugliness to be sure, but a beautiful image is hard to beat.  I imagine that quanta of splendor make the world incrementally better.

The real point for me, though, is to create emotion.  That thought crystallized for me on the last day of RYLA, a leadership camp for teens.  I'm the event photographer.  One of our traditions is to have a multimedia presentation on that final day, and this year I paid more attention to the student's reactions than to the images themselves.  They are not so much responding to the technical expertise (not that the images weren't terrific, of course) but rather to the way they made them feel.  There were cheers, applause, and the occasional 'awww.' they turned to each other and connected.

A good image conveys emotion.

Another example; the month of March in the desert is flamboyant.  Breathtaking.  Ephemeral, and therefore poetic and metaphoric.  If I look at a field of poppies, or closely at a single flower and gasp with joy, I hope you will, too.

If my image makes you feel something or captures your attention in a double-take, then I've accomplished something worthwhile.  We've connected.  And I'm grateful for that.

More Spring Images are on

1 comment:

  1. “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”
    - Edgar Degas