Photography is an incredible tool for documenting the visual beauty of the natural world. Through photographs we can see things we never could have seen first-hand; events that happened on the other side of the world or decades in the past. Photography sits in a sort of middle ground between art and science, not just because of its obvious reliance on technology but because a photographer hasn't really created the patterns of light, dark and color in their photograph. Instead they have controlled how to capture and frame that beauty. A photographer's role and privilege, then, is to use their camera to preserve the fleeting beauty of a moment in time.
All artists are limited by their tools, but for a photographer this is even more true. For that reason I feel very lucky to have become interested in night photography and time lapses just as the technologies that make them possible, like high ISO speeds and data storage capacity, saw dramatic advances.
None of these photographs were enhanced or altered except for the occasional crop. It's not that I have anything against HDR or other digital enhancements; like digital cameras themselves they have changed the field of photography and have made it easier to create beautiful images, especially in situations with too much or too little contrast. This has made many more people excited about photography than ever before, which is great. But I still love the challenge of finding those rare moments where the light conditions are perfect and no enhancement or image manipulation is necessary in order to create a well-balanced photograph.
It's easy to forget that we are among the first generations to be able to document our world's visual beauty with the click of a button. If you're not already doing so, I would urge you to take part in this relatively new opportunity; document something beautiful and share your photographs with other people. It's never been easier to do either of these things. At the very least you may remind someone of how beautiful the setting of this journey called life can be.