"Excuse me umm, are you a photographer”? I heard this small voice say from behind me. I was about 15 minutes into a portrait session with Pamela in Central Park when he approached me. I turned around to see this adorable little boy. His name was Avery; he was about 15 years old. He had blonde hair, dark brown eyes, and a sweet polite innocence about him. I happily replied “yes, I am” as I turned towards him. He went on to ask “is there anything special about photography that I should know?”
What a loaded question! There was so much I wanted to tell Avery; so much I wanted him to know about what I had discovered on my own journey in photography. I told him that like any type of artistry, it all begins from within. That anything in the world around him could be captured in the way he envisioned. Landscapes, objects, animals, people could all be uniquely photographed just by seeing the world with his heart. We talked about light and how this is the most important element that can be used to create something beautiful. Avery didn’t own a camera but I expressed to him that even the most simplest camera could be used to capture something creatively. I told Avery to always keep shooting because with every click of the camera you learn a little bit more about yourself.
Little did he know, but Avery totally made my day when he walked up to me to introduced himself and ask about photography. I appreciated his courage and humility. My hope for him is that he always holds onto his childlike curiosity that prompted him to approach me that day. And to always keep that spark he had in his eyes whenever he learns something new.
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." – Pablo Picasso