August Schilling

Photographer, arboreal connoisseur and traveler

As I work to capture all manner of images...

I find myself challenged to identify how I speak through these images. Am I creating artful moments that represent our times? Am I able to convey a political idea, or contribute to a stylistic movement? Have I captured a journalistic moment, telling a story or documenting an event? Or have I simply composed a piece of decorative art, putting all the compositional elements in their correct areas and proportions to please the eye, and to hopefully add life to an architectural space?

The longer I ponder the question the more I understand that if one enjoys photography and maintains a practice of recording, editing, finishing, cataloging, and displaying images with a camera, one is likely doing all three simultaneously.

A landscape that would hang gracefully on a wall may speak about our threatened environment and suggest conservation, while illustrating a natural treasure worth visiting. This image inhabits the decorative, artistic, and journalistic all at the same time.

This collection of images is one that stands in all three areas of photography's potential

It is not one that represents a single body of work. It is simply a survey of my favorite images from the last year or so.

But while it may not have one unified message throughout, the consideration of this has led me to a realization; this collection speaks of how fortunate I feel to be a human at this time. We inhabit a beautiful planet, have delicate senses to perceive it, and possess minds and spirits that can appreciate it.

We can recognize magic. We can comprehend the intimate connection between the microscopic and the infinite. We can celebrate miraculous interactions and mourn the loss of integral individuals. We can create, nurture, and destroy, and can change our ways with free will.

And if it is indeed the case that we are killing our planet, how extremely fortunate that some of us care enough to lovingly see it as it is, and failing to change the course of human history, we can know that we have tried our best on an individual level to make it as good as possible in the meantime.