S. Joseph Sharnetsky


Artist Statement

Over the last 25 years I have had the pleasure of being able to enjoy my one indulgence in life - photography - both as a hobby and an avocation! It has never failed to provide me with a renewed sense of wonderment for the world around us. Each opportunity to spend time in the field makes me more aware that the moments we treasure are but fleeting glimpses of events that never stop. If we are prepared, and we throw in a little luck, then those moments may be captured forever. Moments that can then be shared with others not as fortunate to have been in the "right place" at the "right time"

As with any endeavor, there is always the "right way", "technical way" to accomplish your objective. I believe we too often spend a lot of time agonizing over the technical details and then miss getting that one picture that is filled with the emotion of the shot rather than just being technically perfect. I like to look for that side of every picture I take. That side tells us a story; speaks to us of an event and time. Some of the greatest pictures that have ever been taken have been those that can cause us to pause and think a little. Were they technically perfect? One thing is for sure, they captured what the photographer felt at the time. If I have one objective, it is to make sure I capture the feelings that a picture should convey. If I can cause someone to pause a moment and refect on what they see in that picture, then I have accomplished what I set out to do.