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Todd Middlebrooks

I love photographs. Sometimes I like crafting photographs, positioning, composition, lighting, etc. Sometimes I enjoy standing back and capturing moments as they naturally unfold before the lens.

I really got into photography more when I became a father. I love making photographs of my children. They grow up so fast. A photograph is the only way to freeze that time. I will never get these moments back, but I can relive the emotion through photography. I don’t know if photography has made me more sentimental, or being sentimental has made me more of a photographer. Either way, I love to look back at photos of my boys and reliving the milestones of their lives.
As I began to learn more about photography, I began to realize the importance of always having my camera with me to document moments that instantly become the past. If I look around and there is no one else with a camera and I’ve just made a photograph – I am the only person in the world that has that moment recorded for all of history. That is a very powerful realization.

Photographs are important. Making photographs is important to me. They preserve the present and make a record of history. I hope one day my children, grandchildren, and so on will appreciate the photographs that I have made, for they make the statement: we were here and this is who we were.

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