I took this picture of Steve at Worthington State Park, NJ as we hiked down into a river bed. I found my true worth on that hike.
There are many Photographers that have helped on this photographers path, I’m going to cover all of my mentors at some point, today I am going to talk about one who I recently contacted and who touched my life . He is someone who has spent many hours mentoring me in ways to better my photographs. When one photographer photographs with another a special bond is created, not everyone mind you, just a photographer who is open-minded and willing to share their vision with you.
Today’s photographer is Steve Greer, there is so much to say about this wonderful wildlife and landscape photographer that I don’t know where to begin but I’ll start with our last conversations which ran deep inside and changed my thinking about life and myself. You might wonder how this is possible. How can one person have such an effect on another? My explanation is this, that when one is in the presence of a genuine person who is living in the moment you realize what life is really about and whats important in your life. These recent moments transformed me from a person who was chasing an image, to one who values life and feels so lucky to have had Steve as a friend and mentor, all the photography stuff that I thought was important pales in compassion to what he taught me about life.
I hope all of you reading this will be able to hear this master speak either at Camden County Library, or at the upcoming lecture and slideshow at Cherry Hill Library. If you’re not able to make either event, visit his blog and web site for some of his stunning images.
Steve has a great book out called Beautiful New Jersey. You can purchase at his upcoming lectures or online at Amazon.com. I have provided a link to purchase it.
This photo is a favorite of mine from Steve’s work, I wanted to copy it, by this I mean I wanted to go out to this location and create something like it, so I asked Steve for the location and technique, as hard as I tried I have never been able create anything near his image, so to all those who think it’s about the location, I say it’s not! There is a lot more that goes into the image other than the location or the lens, the key is to be able blend your soul with the sacredness of the space which if one is able to do, that will produce a truly special image.