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{three images} Elliott Erwitt’s photography makes me happy | Washington DC family documentary photography

loving photography

is about more than loving taking pictures, and more than loving the photos I make. It’s a love affair with visual stories, and the the heartthrobs of the medium are the the men and women who make photographs that we feel. If a photo leaves you unresponsive, move on. Find what makes you feel.

Elliott Erwitt is an American street photographer, born in 1928 in Paris to Russian parents, and immigrated to US when he was ten. After serving as a photographer’s assistant in the Army in the 1950s, he embarked on a career in documentary and advertising photography that spanned the globe. And he photographed extensively for himself as well.

I came across Erwitt when I stumbled on this quote by him,

“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.”

To find something interesting in an ordinary place requires learning to see with your heart, more than with your eyes. I take this mantra with me every time I carry my camera – what is right here in front of me that the heart sees, and how can I help everyone’s eyes to see it too?

Here are three images from Elliot Erwitt that make me see with a happy heart.

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xo, Katie

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