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The Little Things in Life | Holy Yates
December 14- January 10th | Reception December 14, 7-9pm
Photography is my world, my looking glass and the key to fueling my imagination. Curiosity started it. Ever since I picked up my mother’s old silver camera, the process of transferring a moment in time on film has struck me as extraordinary. Over the past few years, my love for photography has grown and formed deep roots in my mind and soul, and has evolved from an interest into an art. Taking photographs has sparked a desire to explore the world around me.
Just as a painter uses the brush as their tool to draw from their imagination, I use the camera as the device to transform my ideas into reality. The universe is my limit with photography and I love that. I stumble upon inspiration from books, music, people, history, emotion, nature and anything in between. When I’m planning a shoot or looking at some of my cameras, my mind wonders off to a place where I’m five years old, standing in front of a candy shop. Photography brings out my inner child. Being a photographer is like magic because I am a storyteller through the eye of the lens. The discovery of finding a new subject is exciting and fun, where I’ll photograph something that catches my eye from around the corner. My subjects mirror the fact that I like capturing beauty in different forms. I’ll snap a photo of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, my friends modeling in ‘40s clothing, or the reflection of the bare tree branches in a puddle after the rain.
I have a great curiosity and interest in the engineering of cameras. My desire to gain more knowledge about photography comes from my great uncle. His own stories of working at Polaroid Corporation back in the day inspire me to expand my knowledge about photography. One story that has always amazed me is how he had the opportunity to meet his boss, Edwin Land. He went up to shake Land’s hand and thank him for his amazing, innovative work. Land was the head of the Polaroid Corp during the 1970’s and pioneered instant photography. I wish I could have been around during that time to sit down with Land at a dinner table and discuss his innovations in instant photography. When my Uncle isn’t sharing stories with me, he’ll be forwarding me emails with titles like “WWII photography that changed history forever”, or telling me to keep up the good work. His own passion for the art form motivates me to improve my skills as a photographer.
Photography takes me to many places, to a world of my own, to a land of imagination, creativity, and self-expression. It feels like home whenever I’m looking through the viewfinder with one eye shut and the other keen and focused on a subject. Photography allows me to defy angles, change perspectives, turn my imagination into reality, and tell stories. I simply love taking photographs. The curiosity of discovering a new subject and how I chose to capture that subject keeps me stuck on photography.