Since this is my first blog post, I thought I should give some insight as to why I do what I do. It’s too easy to say “it’s my passion” and leave it at that. Why am I passionate about photography? What is it about this medium that inspires me, makes me strive to be better and create art rather than just take a picture?
I can remember the moment I realized the power of a photograph. I was driving on a very crowded highway at rush hour. Inching along I looked over and saw a billboard with a black and white photograph. In it there were two sets of long legs – one dog, one woman – and a wonky-eyed chihuahua wearing a knit cap. I couldn’t tell you the product being advertised, but oh! That photograph! It made me laugh, then made me wonder what the story was behind it.
These were the first days of the internet, so it took me a while to find that photograph again. When I found it, I learned about the genius of photographer Elliot Erwitt and I was hooked. It wasn’t the technical aspect of his pictures that I loved. It was the emotion. Mr. Erwitt finds the fun and silliness or the simplicity and beauty in the everyday. His pictures don’t try to be pretentious, snooty art. They are scenes that are seen through the eyes of a guy with my sense of humor and I admire his work tremendously.
I named my business Piccola Strada (Little Street) to reflect the style I am constantly trying to achieve. Making street-style photographic art featuring children and pets that reflects a sense of humor or simple beauty in the everyday. A photograph that elicits emotion. While my true love is street photography or a more journalistic style, I will occasionally venture off the path if it means I can learn new things and broaden my photographic horizons.
Whether you’re intrigued by street photography or would like to have your child or pet photographed, I’d love to hear from you!