Thursday, June 16, 2011

Through the Lens

"The goal is not to change your subjects, but for the subject to change the photographer." ~Author Unknown

"While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see." ~Dorothea Lange

My boyfriend loves to take photographs. I have to admit it is something I never had too much interest in until Chuck and I became friends. I would enjoy taking pictures at special occasions and I was really into scrapbooking for a while there; but that was pretty much it. He is not the casual photographer though. It is his passion. And I love that. I love how photography for him is the equivalent of writing for me. Something that we are compelled to do. Something artistic and expressive. Something that we use to look at the world in a different way.

He has become quite serious about his craft since undertaking it. It is not his career at this point although I think it really could be. Honestly, I don't know much about the art or technicality of it all. He explains things to me and sometimes I get it and well, sometimes I don't. What I do get though is that to me, his work is special. I know that can sound easy for me to say because he's the love of my life and all, but it is more than that. He doesn't just snap a picture. He snaps an emotion, a reflection, an experience.

My favorite part of his work is the photographs he takes of people. They are usually unposed and unsuspecting. The images make you wonder what the person is thinking at the moment and sometimes you can even imagine or know for a fact what they are thinking or experiencing. He talks about them, his photographs and what he sees and thinks when he takes the pictures. They make me think as well. I find myself looking at people and the world in general a little differently.

Because of this, I would like to share some of his images with you so that maybe you can enjoy them as much as I have.

My dog Molly and I resting on the train tracks during a hike

View of our church from the balcony

My mom and dad at a family party
Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory, South Deerfield, Massachusetts
Bike path in Northampton, Massachusetts

 Very annoyed gorilla at the National Zoo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This is me concentrating very hard on being patient

I have to admit, these are some of the photographs I am partial to and I have to stop somewhere because otherwise I could be downloading pictures all day! Now you get to pick a favorite....

Photos Courtesy of Chuck Myers


  1. What a treat; to read your story and see Chuck's photos in one sitting. A match made in heaven!

  2. Chrisine, my favorite is of you and the pooch smooching on the tracks. He's a great photographer. What a nice match...your words and his photos ;)

  3. Carla~ I have to agree with that match made in heaven business! And thank you!

    Leah~ Yeah, that just captures a very special moment!

  4. Of course you know which one is MY fave LOL. I'm going to make sure my SIL sees it so she can pass it on. Thanks!

    PS: Does Chuck do a photo blog?

  5. Char: Hmmm, he does not has been mentioned to him recently that maybe he should consider it...wonder who mentioned it?? LOL...