Switching Gears / by Kent Peggram

So I planned on jumping in to the wilderness print & image market, but life changed.

Between creating pictures of my family, wife, and son, I have found a worthy challenge in portraiture. I suppose inadvertent practice with the cell phone camera has prompted me to examine how the human form can unify so well with a surrounding environment through emotion. I know it sounds cliche, but investing in a more capable camera has opened new doors for seeing light.

What hasn't changed is the pressing motive of truth. In an age where someone's grandmother didn't recognize their own kid in a newspaper photo because the image was so over-edited, I think preserving the actual moment is becoming even more valid. I enjoy exhibiting moments as they actually reside. Aside small edits for mistakes in composition and light blemish-removal, my images are 'as is'. If you want to look store-front, get somebody else to take your shot.

Capturing moments in life for others is consistently becoming an awakening experience of looking at light. The act of finding composed shots, (from considering the backdrop and down to noticing a twinkie wrapper wedged under a rock), has been a riveting learning experience over the past few years. Finding the zone between composed and candid makes sense to me. I have enjoyed topography for a while and the more I place people's smiles with land, the more I notice little pockets of beauty in a way different of images devoid of people. It's cool how a slightly different angle frames the curve of an arm or the glint in the eye.

What is your motive for capturing pictures?