We Are All Meant to Shine / by Kent Peggram

2016 was a great year. I learned a lot. I met and photographed some very focused runners, new babies, and couples that saw love worth the long haul. It's also been fun to build a catalog of solid portrait locations.

I hope you learned something new last year. I'm learning that SHiNE needs to be more than a process of picture making. I'm excited to look ahead on the handy 2017 wall calendar. For some reason, the first thought when I scribble a date in seems to be the season and terrain, as a realization of some perimeters. I wonder about volunteer opportunities for photography to help.
These days, SHiNE seems to be more of a discipline. A standard of quality in that the challenges of bringing something new to the world could be excused, yet is necessary for improvement of any craft worth our time maybe.

It's been crazy to see how tech constantly evolves the role of photography. Some changes great, while other changes have degraded the art that is always possible if it matters to people.

Finding a niche for the motive of shutter-snapping has taught me to listen to my surroundings more. Some sort of a self-imposed tarif has grown through making pictures, I delete a lot. Trying to harness camera-play has always been the 'bees knees' for me, but figuring out how to make that beneficial for others is a cliff in a world where the ego has become more important than truth at some points.

The chance to invest time and funds into education, building assets, and finding experience makes you wonder about monetary value. It can make you question the concept of 'down time' and what running something effectively is versus what is it looks like. Oh, and then there's trying to be a worthy father in my son's life, as well as a husband that gives as much as I hope for from my smart-as-a-whip, stunning woman of a wife; Jennifer redefines what true beauty is to me.
Trying to capture the essence of the fleeting change in a moment might matter a little more to me then it's worth to some, but I feel compelled and so I see it worth trying to find worthy images.

Separating 'professional thinking' from 'hobby thinking' has been an interesting journey. They definitely feed each other, but deciding when this matters and when it doesn't has been interesting. I feel a little obligation to explain this to others, but that only goes so far as their interest and motive. I can't wait to go to the Northern Rockies in July, it's a trip I've dreamed about for quite a while.
It seems hope found in something devoid of zealous bias seems to be a strong motivator towards images that really do 'shine' to our lives. Not knowing a person, (or not as well as you thought), yet interpreting the world through their eyes in the rectangular space of a picture they saw is an amazing connecting element, but I'm one of those people that thinks we are more similar than different, so that's debatable. Working to keep expression true through emotion constantly changes and defines why this camera stuff makes me giddy. I have a lot to learn and I always feel I'm just scratching the surface

Capturing a still image can show you how you approach the world. To really resonate in the 'here and now' seems to only work when I learn from our past, with what's to come in mind.

The picture is the consequence of thoughts leading up to an experience. The challenge of light-play just takes photography to a place that I think will keep it relevant in an increasingly changing and sometimes saturated scene.