It's Sunday, Y'all!
In our photo class at Ghost Ranch, a discussion took place about artists (like painters) and how they differ from photographers.
One of the students (a retired engineer by profession) said photographers are different from painters because painters can make choices about the scene or subject, manipulate what is included or excluded, even place themselves into the scene they are painting. But all photographers can really do is record a moment in time or space as a distant, disconnected or detached observer.
Other students differed with that strictly technical viewpoint, with one (an active minister by profession), maintaining that photographers are more than detached technicians, do choose what they want to show in their photo, and can put themselves in the picture either literally or in some cases in terms of spirit -- perhaps because of a passion felt for the subject being pictured or the message the photographer may intend to communicate. In either case he maintained the photographer can and does put him/her self into the picture.
After class ended, I decided to have fun with the concept and put something of myself into today's picture. So here I am, both visible and yet invisible (which btw was the topic of this photo seminar at Ghost Ranch)... We all laughed about it when I shared this shot in class.
Soli Deo Gloria!