Capturing Light and Emotion- photography by Aaron Newman
"The Journey of Life is as much in oneself as the roads one travels" A. Newman
As a child, two of my biggest passions were art and the outdoors. From an early age I would wander off into the woods for hours without a map or even a compass and always find my way back to camp, albeit usually from a completely different direction than I headed off in. A natural curiosity to see what lay around the next bend led to many adventures and discoveries of areas beyond the established trail.
Pencil drawing, and later pen and ink drawing, was my primary focus in art. Always searching for something to draw, I took the advice of a distant relative and purchased a Canon AE-1 camera and a 50mm lens from a pawn shop in Prescott, AZ in 1995. The idea was to take photos of subjects that I could then later draw on a much larger scale. After a long and expensive journey of ruining 35mm b&w film, I began to capture quality images, soon becoming quite excited about photography. Several years later, photography has been a perfect fusion of my passions for art and the outdoors.
Capturing Light and Emotion is my photography philosophy. Whether I am shooting a remote landscape, an event, or portraits, my goal is to capture not only great light and the emotion or energy of each subject, but to also invoke emotion from those who view my work. In the age of digital photography and all the software tricks that go with it, photographers often get too caught up in being technically perfect and following "the rules" of art. While technical aspects and "the rules" have a place in photography, the two biggest factors to a great image are the light and whether the image invokes emotion.