A Photographic Approach, With an Autobiographical Twist

I have had a camera in my hands since 1975. Good gaaaadhhhh, it feels so natural, intuitive, right, and normal like breathing, speaking, eating, getting dressed, going to work, or making love.

It’s hard, to even fathom, what life would be like, in the absence of this obsession and infatuation with photography. Perish the thought. I don’t even dare to go there.

Photography hasn’t just improved my human existence, it completes it at every level, at every twist and turn, with each shutter actuation, with each memory and moment, framed and captured.

I am better, bigger, and bolder…because of photography.

Because I have been at this, for so long, and so passionately, and so determinately, my approach is unashamedly and undeniably, photographic in nature.

I know what you’re thinking? Isn’t everyone’s approach to photography…photographic in nature?

Nope, not at all. Think about it.

Some have a documentation approach. They use photography to mostly create records and reminders. Click.

Others have a social approach. They use photography to share their lives and experience with others. Click.

Still others have a communication approach. To this group, photography is a lingua franca-a tool like text. Click.

While I do, periodically, use photography for documentation, social sharing, even communication; my heart-and-soul, based on over 4-decades of experience, is to honor, salute, commemorate, memorialize the art and science of life, through a lens. I started as a photographer. I am a photographer. I will always be a photographer.

My approach then, naturally, is photographic in nature.

At the end of the day, and for the most part, I want my photographs, to look like… photographs, not illustrations.

I want to revel and roister in my photography, and the photography experience, product and process, inspired and guided by a photographic approach, with an autobiographic twist.



Jack Hollingsworth