There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.
~ Ansel Adams
For me, there is a certain stillness when you take a photograph that carries with it a sense of the sacred. Whether you are in a field in the middle of nowhere or standing on a busy street, that moment between composing a shot and the snap of the shutter possesses a stillness that is difficult for words to define, and so perhaps therein lies the purpose of the photograph. In that moment you feel a sense of calm mingled with inspiration, excitement and the feeling of being connected to something beyond yourself, something deeply intrinsic to a living and breathing universe.
I consider it an amazing gift to be allowed to capture moments like these through my lens, even if they're only an elemental part of a much larger whole, so that they may find new life in my own memories and thoughts, and with luck, in the memories and thoughts of the viewer.
Magdalena Maria Altnau