Esther Irvine Photography
You may have heard people talk about something that's 'in them' - "It's just in me", they say. Well, that's how I would describe my like / love / passion for photography - it's something which I feel has always been ... in me!
Right from a small age when I would head off at the Zoo filling my mum's camera with pictures of elephant trunks, Giraffe necks & monkey bottoms (which my mum didn't like, but I loved) up to now, when I have had opportunities to take my photography, one may say, a little more 'seriously'. Ask me do I enjoy it? And I will tell you I Love it.
At the core of it all the aim for my photography is capturing, as often as possible, those moments of truth. That might seem like a strange way to describe such a thing and perhaps it is. How can I describe truth? With help from a thesaurus - accuracy, actuality, authenticity, genuineness, rightness, trueness.
Photographs are just small frozen moments in this massive space of life, but there is something 'inside me' which enjoys being there to capture those moments.
I read a phrase about photography which, in a way, succinctly describes how I currently see it. '...a good snapshot stops a moment from running away...'
Ultimately, I think, and am learning, that to have something, and perhaps that's a photograph, which shows the naked truth in a moment, is something really special. It's something worth holding onto and it's something worth learning from. I say learning from, because - in those moments when we are honest, even if we don't realise it, whether it be happy or sad, it's just how it is, and there is something, I think, very lovely about that.