Photography, once it casts its spell, holds one in its viewfinder of wonder forever. Intuitive observations and the ability to recognize the wisdom and spirit behind those observations is what creates lasting images. Sometimes these happen for a split second and other times it takes minutes, hours, days, weeks or decades to recognize and capture them. For me, photography is equivalent to climbing a mountain without a summit. The mountain contains endless moments in time, encompassing a deeper truth and wisdom, but is constantly evolving and changing the further up the mountain one goes. There is no summit on this mountain because the intuitive view is constantly changing, just as the human experience is ever changing through technology and cultural transformation.
Important historical images are usually are not recognized until decades later when the intuitive view has changed so dramatically humans sense the need to preserve their history, heritage and planet. The National Geographic Image Collection is the world’s largest photo archive of our historical past. The society's mission is "to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge while promoting the conservation of the world's cultural, historical, and natural resources." Its purpose is to inspire people to care about their planet and I am humbled and thrilled as a photographer to be apart of such an important organization as we climb this mountain together.