Photography and Truth

Fern Fiddle Head

Can photography speak Truth? Absolutely, but in a broader communication, not whether we try to trick someone with false appearance. Nature reveals the beauty of truth in it’s own voice. As we develop past the tools, we’re able to develop a great sensitivity to that subtle voice.

We may think about our equipment as some magic boxes. People do, and that’s fine as the field serves many needs.

In my world; however, the camera is a tool to communicate, not a certain camera, a depth of field adjustment, a lens, an extension tube or a program. These are only methods to communicate. Arriving at a special image that speaks is the Principle, the quest

C. Charles Chatham would say, “Methods are many, Principles are few. Methods often change, Principles seldom do.”

The Fiddle head fern shown here was not something I set out to photograph. It appeared as I was doing something else; but, at that moment I knew I had to include it that day. All that goes into showing this guy happened as a result of doing a lot of photography beforehand.

Once one experiences this, it will happen more and more often. One develops a voice. It’s the Truth that seems to step forward to offer a certain feeling in the photography.

Morning Glory Maple Leaf Lane,

This Morning Glory came about while I was working with a new lens I was trying out. To explain what is special about it, I’m not sure myself. Perhaps it has to do with the muted background. Not sure. But, something seems to be going on here.

Rose Bud, Cataloochee Valley, Great Smoky Mountain National Park

This image happened while in Cataloochee Valley one day to photograph Elk. Not sure of the species. It seemed to have that “it.” I call it a “rose bud,” but I’m not sure. To me it’s not that important; but, that’s me. If I was making documentation images for a text book, I would have to make sure of the sharpness, for the printing process.


“I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we’re all teachers – if we’re willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door.” —   Marla Gibbs




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