My name is Brett May and I’m a photographer out of Atlanta. I haven’t been in the world of photography long. I more or less fell into it by accident and I always joke: “for lack of a better idea”. I’ve always been one of those left of center creative people, but photography had never crossed my mind. When I graduated from High School I was originally going to move to Colorado and go to college out there in hopes of becoming a snowboarding bum. That plan has not materialized as yet.
Ultimately, I ended up attending Gwinnett Technical College pursuing a degree in photography because it was creative and hands-on. I never would have made it through any college institution if I was confined to lecture classes, but I had no idea what I was getting into. Three days into my classes, I found the world of photography was far bigger than I expected. I was in for the long haul. Photography found me and it became one of my greatest passions. Most people now consider me a photo nerd and just stare at me sideways in bewilderment. I can assure you I’m tame compared to much of the creative world. I’m still learning an industry that continues to evolve with every new year. I create photographs because I love the creative process.
A paycheck is often a necessity, but photography has become my way of communicating with the rest of the world. The genre has such a rich history and the way it has help create and mold the world today is really interesting to me. In five years I could be working a 9 to 5 job, making 50k+ a year, and live comfortably. I have nothing against the mentality either, but I wouldn’t make it very long at whatever Fortune 500 company. I truly love to create art on almost any level. My preferred method of creative expression is a photograph.
Photographers are a dime a dozen these days. Everybody with a fancy camera or an iPhone is a photographer by many standards. I hear a lot of anger and hostility from professional photographers about how the price of cameras these days is destroying the industry. I admit, I was there myself for a while until I saw the beauty of it all. It is truly an exciting time to be a photographer. Film used to be the international standard for creating a photograph. In the digital age that has all changed. Most kids don’t even know what a 35mm film canister is. New innovations have made it possible for the art of photography to be explored by most anyone. I think if Ansel Adams had the tools and knowledge we have today he would do the exact same things, just bigger and better. Photography has always and forever will be an art of growth. As individuals and as a community of photographers we must grow in hopes of truly producing art. Photography started out as a way of documentation and like most things, evolved into something greater. I pity the few that hate the change in the industry. Photography must change and evolve in order to survive. Humans adapt, why shouldn’t how we do things and view them change as well?
I believe a still image will always be at the root of photography. Photo and Video are merging quite well together but I think in a way, they will always be separate. There will always be a place for the photograph. Whether it’s sitting on your fireplace mantel or on the cover of a magazine or on the latest social networking website. Looking at life one Still at a time can be a beautiful thing.
“A simple, straight, photograph print can be one of the
most beautiful expressions possible.”