Recently one of my students asked me the question:
"What is your favorite image that you have taken?"
I was completely caught off guard by this question and I froze and told him, I don't know...
When I went home that night, I told my husband, Matt, about this question and he seemed surprised that I couldn't answer the question either. This got me thinking about photography to me- and it has never been about getting that ONE perfect image. It has always been about how I translate the world around me. I see and then I capture to create a composition. Sometimes, this creation is more than just taking the photograph. When in Art School I became fascinated with the surface of the image and pushed my ideas of the world into manipulating and changing my imagery to create a visual experience with multimedia.
Since becoming a mother, I have returned back to film and spend many of my days getting messy in the dark room. Continually smelling of stop bath and seeing more of my clothing beginning to have brown fixer spots emerge, Since becoming a mother, I am more concerned with stopping time. Fixing a moment, Seeing the light in an image. Considering how to create a time capsule. This doesn't have to be just the image though. I still love going beyond the image and adding lines and connections onto my imagery.
Measurements of the media, drawing my visual connections for my viewers to see the world the way I see.
So, my answer is still "I don't know". With every day I see a new favorite moment, A new favorite composition. I can't commit to one and that is why I create. To love each and every image for different reasons.
Do you think you have a favorite photograph that you have taken? Please share I would love to see it and hear why you create!