Lon Dittrick, Columbia Station, Ohio, USA
As a fine art photographer, my purpose in capturing an image is to evoke in the viewer the emotional response I experienced when witnessing "the moment" before me. This is much different than just "recording" the event in a moment of time through serendipity. Many of the images I have captured, developed, and chosen to display have brought me literally to tears in appreciation of the astounding beauty and majesty of creation before me during that moment of inspiration. This may vary in scope from a vast expanse of a mountain vista to the glorious minutiae present in the structure of a cactus flower. My desire is for those viewing my images to experience that same emotional response. The creative challenge is to take the image which is seen and emotionally experienced by the photographer, capture it through the very limited and indifferent image capturing machine we call a camera, and reproduce it so that the viewer stand next to me as we experience that moment together.
Columbia Station, Ohio