Lou Sisneros is a part-time amateur photographer working throughout the southwest.
Me and my “Polaroid”
I didn’t start out to be a photographer. I started out just making a living and raising my daughter. Nose to the grindstone for 20 years in the corporate world… I was the job. I’d always had an artistic side, but my analytical side paid the bills. 4 years ago I parted ways with my career as I knew it and shortly thereafter I was given a camera for an upcoming trip. It was the best gift anyone could have ever given me.
First I thought I was good because the camera was good. I came home from my trip with my first 1500 shots. I shared them with friends and family and received a very warm reception. People said, “I like your perspective”. With ample time on my hands I started practicing and honing this art. I spend hours on the river banks waiting for the that one bird – hours at the local gardens taking 100’s of flower shots, countless farmers markets – setting up a makeshift studio in my kitchen and shooting everything I have in my refrigerator. Over time I’ve found out I don’t have a very good camera! Hence, me and my Polaroid! But what I do have is the ability to capture a moment; in my style, and convey it in a way that people can connect with.
I have the utmost respect for artists in this industry who have weathered the evolution of photography. I am in awe and inspired by those who have made this their life's work and continue to shoot. The path as a photographer is indeed an ambitious one! As Elliott Erwitt said, "To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
As I go along taking shots here and there, I am grateful for all the experiences and great people I have met on this path. I am anxious to see what lies ahead. So after hours of editing (less Photoshop) and finally arriving at that one picture where I say “yes”! It is then that I remember every shot is a gift given to me that I happily share with you.