Ann Koons

Photography and Me

I've been a bird watcher for many years and started my photography career with the goal of taking wonderful bird shots. I soon learned how difficult this is because birds are so small (most of them) and they never stay in one place for very long. First you have to find them, and then you have to get lucky that they will pose for you just long enough to get your camera up and ready. So I switched to photographing plants and flowers. Unless the wind is blowing, they stay put.

I look for beauty wherever I go. And in nature, I usually find it from the largest panoramic mountain view to the tiniest insect on a flower. The challenge for me is to take a still photo that captures the essence of the thing I'm looking at. I don't arrange my shots except maybe to move a weed out of my way. Whatever nature has presented me is what I work with.

The actual photo is just the raw material towards making the final piece that will hang on someone's wall. But I usually want my finished photo to look the way I saw the scene, the way someone else might see it if they could travel to wherever I was at the time. I generally don't go for intensifying the colors to the point of absurdity or Photoshopping in a moon if the moon wasn't there. What I saw is what you get. It's real.