"Camera is your Passport"
I try to follow my heart with my camera. I try not to understand why I'm drawn to particular subjects or situations, but when I am, I like to follow those paths to see where they lead.
I've learned that my instincts and intuition are far wiser than my rational, analytical brain. In hindsight, there's almost always a clear explanation why I was drawn to something, and it's usually creatively rewarding and emotionally expanding.
I began my real photographic journey through street photography, which opened a portal into a world of personal access and observation. But because the nature of this style of photography is fluid and fleeting, the level of intimacy I was able to achieve was limited.
I yearned for a deeper level of connection and intimacy with the people I photographed. I soon found myself immersed in my first long-term documentary project, where one's photographic skills are nothing compared to the skills required for establishing trust and acceptance in a world where you are an outsider, where you otherwise have no business being.
But your camera is your passport. If you can penetrate that wall and are accepted, you can become the coveted fly on the wall and bear witness to a world beyond you and your life experiences. If and when it happens, it's exhilarating, transformative, and deeply gratifying. I've discovered that these are the places I want to be and I'm already planning my next trip.
David Horton is a photographer and graphic designer based in Boston. He is a founding member of the international Observe Collective. His work has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally. He is a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston. More of David's work can be seen at www.observecollective.com and www.flickr.com/davidfhorton.
Inside the Photographer's Mind
A series about the vision behind the images
No. 1 Satoki Nagata "Definition of Street photography"
No. 2 Damaso Reyes "Open Photograph, an Image that Whispers"
No. 3 Alison McCauley "Not to be Defined by a Genre or a Style"