"You cannot depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." ~ Mark Twain
A witty introduction escapes me, but this quote is one of my favorites. I have come to the realization that in order to truly get a unique perspective through the lens; you must have an eye for the unusual; those angles and lighting situations that are less-than-obvious. Scaling a wall, wading through water, lying down on the ground, hanging upside down from a set of monkey bars… these things may make you look ridiculous for a moment, but the rewards are always worth it.
My name is Candice Gordon and I was introduced to photography when I was very young. My father was always the one behind the lens as I was growing up and as such, my siblings and I have many wonderful memories to look back on. I lost him to a tragic accident when I was only 12 years old, but his passion for living in the moment but recording it for a lifetime, lives on in me. My husband rolls his eyes at me sometimes as he thinks I spend too much time trying to get that ‘perfect shot’ and don’t spend enough time just enjoying the moment. I suppose only fellow photographers can understand… I experience these things through the lens and they mean that much more to me because not only have I been fortunate enough to experience it, but because the moment has been captured, I'm able to share that experience with others.
When I first started "shooting," I would photograph pretty well anything that got in the way of my lens... and things really haven't changed that much over the years. That said, my photo-related "bucket list" has a major focus on travel photography. I hope to, in my lifetime, photograph all the wonders of the world. Ancient wonders, modern wonders, there are hundreds. Who knows if I will ever get to cross them all off my list... but it sure will be fun to try!
Of course one must love to travel, to aspire toward the subject matter I do and many destinations are planned with photography at the forefront of my mind. Whether it’s just around my neighborhood or around the globe, the discovery and capture of unique buildings, landscapes, objects, and people is always a welcome challenge and can create new experiences in familiar places.
Beauty truly is 'in the eye of the beholder,' but beauty comes in many forms. Sometimes it’s right there in front of you, if only you chose to take the time to really see it. Photography allows me to share my thoughts and emotions about a particular subject and each image I produce really is a part of me that I am fortunate enough to be able to share with others. Each person has their own unique perspective on how they view the world and I hope you enjoy mine.
~ Candice Gordon
Photo by friend and fellow photographer, Shelia Wiwchar
Taken in March 2013 as we explored a glacier in Iceland