“So, why art?”

I get asked that question a lot! I think almost every artist get asked the same question about the work that they do – the why question. Out of all the things in the world that you could be doing, why did you choose this profession or why this medium of art. And the response that I use to give was “I didn’t really choose it, it chose me.”

I never thought that I was going to be an artist.

I didn’t sporadically wake up one morning and decided that this was going to be my career choice. Everyone around me said that I had talent and I thought to myself that this was what I was meant to be: an artist. So I auditioned to all of the top knotch art schools like LaGuardia, Frank Sinatra & Art and Design.

I was rejected by every single art school in New York City.

Until one day while feeling like a complete failure, I was invited to an orientation for the High School of Graphic Communication Arts. I’ve never heard of this school before but in my case I thought: “The school has art in it and beggers can’t be choosers”. This was where I was introduced to the photography darkroom for the first time. I was fifteen years old and my mind was completely blown away.

I went to GCA and joined the photography academy. There was something about taking images and creating them from scratch that made me feel alive and happy. I could do this all day…but everyone always asked why.

And for a while I didn’t know the answer until one day I was watching TV with my parents and the movie One Hour Photo (staring the amazing Robin Williams) came on. If you’ve never seen it, it’s kind of creepy but an amazing film.

While watching the movie, Robin William’s character (who plays a photo developer) says this quote:

“And if these pictures have anything important to say to future generations, it’s this: I was here. I existed. I was young, I was happy, and someone cared enough about me in this world to take my picture.”

Bam! That is when I realized why I love doing photography. We create history.

Every image that you take whether it is a professional camera of a selfie from your phone is a piece of history. It is a memory that you wanted to keep and a story that you want to tell.

We wouldn’t have known what history was like if it weren’t for photography. There are so many photos of World Wars, famous political leaders and iconic movements that have been captures through a click of a camera lens. And since we are visual human beings, it is one thing to read about history and another to actually SEE it. 

So remember that with every photo that you take of yourself, your family, friends or special event – that it is going to mean something to someone. And that you are creating history for future generations. Cool right? 🙂

Now it’s time to share your story!

In the comments below, tell me what photo that you have of found made a huge difference in your life? It can be an image of your parents when they were teenagers or a photo of history that caught your eye. And if you liked this story, share it with your friends and see what stories they have!

I would love to hear your story!

With love,