I can't remember who told me, or if anyone actually ever told me and I just heard it somewhere, but lately I've been thinking a lot about the idea of photographing what I know. I've been in a camera slump for awhile, and every time I've picked up my creative tool to try to get inspired, I always gravitate towards the four-legged-and-two-wheeled love of my life, Boomer. This has made me feel kind of guilty, because a part of me will always want to take pictures that Everyone finds Important and Inspiring, and I don't know how a thousand pictures of my dog could ever do that. But at the same time, I understand the importance of photographing what I know. Really, what more can one be expected to do?
I know Boomer is an incredibly important part of my life right now. I know he's teaching me what it looks like to be the butt of everybody else's pity, even though I don't want anyone to see him like that. I know every single self-doubting or angry or negative thought I have throughout the day just melts away when I first lay my eyes on his squishy face and shaky dancer's legs after a long day, even if he did pee all over the rug. And I know, because of him, I am working harder to push myself out of my own comfort zone and learn to grow in ways I don't want to, because I know I am able to, and I know it is good for me.
These pictures might not mean much to anyone else, but they mean the world to me. Every day I get to spend with Boomer makes me a better person, and every picture I take of him makes me a better photographer. I can't help it if this is the phase I'm going through with my art, and even if I could I wouldn't change it for the world.