I recently read the biography of Annie Leibovitz and was inspired by these words:
"Stay close to home. Discover what it means to be close to your work, to be intimate with a subject. Measure the difference between that and working with someone you don't know much about…I guess what I'm really saying is that you should take pictures of something that has meaning for you. When I was a young photographer, I learned that what I did mattered. This may have been because I was published but whether you're published or not, you have to care about what you do. You might even seem to be obsessive about it."
There were so many profound statements throughout the book that really resonated with me but this one hung on. Unless we are intentional with our lives, regardless of what your work is, we allow things to remain just far enough away from us that we are unaffected by it. "Discover what it means to be close to your work." I can't help but appreciate that challenge from Annie amidst weddings galore and the resulting overflow of editing. It is so tempting to become a slave to the work when processing all these images, instead of practicing the art of "finishing a photograph" through editing and post-process.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to get close to my work. These images are the product. Two girls, post-rain fog, and a mind eager to discover.