- Written by Jeff Summers Jeff Summers
My love affair with photography began when I was in high school. I was fascinated with all types of cameras and the artistic freedom it provided. I had been involved with art since early childhood. My parents both encouraged me sending me to several art classes and seminars.
In many cases it was intimidating since I would be the only child in a room of adult artists. No matter, I was doing something I enjoyed.
My problem was always that I would get bored with a specific medium. I jumped from charcoal to pencil to ink to paint (both acrylic and oil). I just oculd not seem to find one area that I wanted to focus on. Looking back I think part of my problem was the constant internal struggle I had between my artistic side and my analytical side.
I wanted to be challenged yet still show creativity. This made photography a natural progression. I could work on color, composition, lighting and all the other aspects I loved from classical art yet I was free to work with the technical aspects of a camera and a dark room.
It just so happened that my age and interest occurred prior to the digital age forcing me to learn the nuances of dark rooms, chemicals, and all the other aspects of film based photography. This gave me a great background and led to several work flow habits that have been maintained as I moved to a more electronic medium.
When digital cameras burst onto the scene I immediately ran out and purchased the best camera I could afford; one that would allow me to successfully print a 5x7 at high resolution.
The digital work flow was perfect for my interest and skill set and I quickly latched onto this as a medium of choice. The problem was that while I was now free from the boundaries of 36-pictures per roll; I still had no way to display my photos any more than a few at a time.
With the Internet becoming more pervasive and more people having a proper level of bandwidth the time seemed perfect to utilize this medium for display. I came to the conclusion that what I wanted was an online gallery but not so structured.
I settled upon developing a Photo Blog which would allow me to post pictures and make them available online. I created 1Photo2Share as a way to allow me to display a new picture each day.
I chose this to first give me a place to show my work but more importantly as a way to remind myself of the people, places, and things I have seen in the course of a day of my life. I welcome everyone to visit 1Photo2Share and see for yourself what I meant when I included the tag line, "A picture of a moment, a memory of a lifetime".
If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact me.
One tenet of my life I have always adhered to is that my career will never define who I am. Despite that philosophy, I cannot help but realize that what I have accomplished professionally consistently comes up in conversations. Whether I am attempting to explain to my family what I do for a living or deep in a technical conversation with a colleague; I am constantly bringing up something from my professional background.
I received some very wise advice very early in my career. I was told never to chase the money or the prestige but rather focus on finding opportunities that would give me personal growth and make a difference. If I focused on the latter, the other would follow.
This advice has served me well and given me an opportunity to look at my career and my accomplishments in a different light. The professional path I have taken is not traditional but then neither am I. It has been a journey filled with adventure and ups and downs. Through it all I've learned a lot and I hope I have made a difference.
If you are interested in my career please check out the Professional section for details.
Is our personality a product of our genetic code or is it something learned through the various life experiences we have had? Reality is probably somewhere in the middle of these two theories.
Each of us are placed on this earth and given a set of raw materials. Who we become depends on how we utilize the materials we are given. For some identifying and utilizing these materials seems easy while for others we are left wondering whether we were given anything to work with at all. It is during those times that we often gain the most perspective. Like chemists we are free to try new things and bring new combinations together. In some cases it can be explosive (sorry mom, you were right, a chemistry set was a bad gift idea) where at other times it opens new avenues up to us.
The key is to find a mix that will allow us to grow and realize the potential we were given. Our personalities and who we are are simply brief snapshots of time that we show to the world our work in progress. Sometimes that work in progress becomes a masterpiece while others it opens us up to difficult change. In either case we are better as a result of the experience.
I’m constantly trying to understand who I am. If you would like a glimpse into my personal life and the journey I am currently following, a good first step would be looking over the Personal section of this web site.
I tend to collect interests and hobbies like other kids collected baseball cards. I am constantly intrigued by something new. Trina cringes nearly every time I utter, “You know what would be cool…” usually followed by a grand scheme to try something completely different. This may be a result of my perpetual curiosity or possibly my desire to seek out the unknown.
We live in the golden age of innovation. It seems as though no product or thought stays stagnant for very long. For many this can be confusion or frustrating since just as we learn or use a product it is outdated and something new comes along. I look at it differently, the world can be a challenging place and for us to succeed we need to adapt.
Flexibility and the ability for us to morph our thoughts and usage gives us the greatest opportunity to be successful so instead of fearing change we need to embrace it. That doesn't mean changing for the sake of change but adapting and always looking for new use cases for how we can take advantage of what we are given. For me that means continually modifying my interests and hobbies to see how they can be utilized to allow me to take advantage of the opportunities I see.
You’ll find a list of my current hobbies in the Interests & Hobbies section.
Life is filled with precious moments. Sometimes they are simple like the sparkle in the eye of a child and at other times those moments overwhelm us. As I have gotten older I have learned to look for those moments and cherish them. I try to capture each one and carefully place them in my heart. They are there for me to recount and relive whenever I need them
Memories can come in various shapes and sizes. Some of my most vivid memories are associated with images and pictures. In an effort to reminisce and relive some of these I have created a scrapbook of some of the more fascinating images and memories. Some of these are a result of my photography while others may be from another expression of my artistic side. If you would like to view these I invite you to look through My Digital Scrapbook.