Who am I to you? Are my photographs the only evidence I was here? Have my images brought you a smile or laugh, help you remember a special time?
Have some of the images that I’ve created change, or make you question your perception? Maybe cementing something you know in your heart to be true.
I recently spoke to someone who told me my work is beautiful, but what is it that I specialize in? What is my favorite image that I have taken? Those two questions took me by surprise. I then realized there is not one area that I would solely like to photograph.
For me its not about what I am photographing, its about the people I photograph. I can be shooting a small child, family, a high school senior… all of which can be the most incredible things at that moment. Not because I like shooting that group, but because I feel something.
Who am I… my name is David Schlatter. My best guess is that I have taken millions of images in my lifetime. I’ve shot nature, architecture, portraits, products… I’ve pretty much shot it all at one time or another. But it’s the people I love and keep coming back too. It’s the individual faces that tell a story.
Recently I have been photographing dance and sports. I just can’t get enough. What I enjoy, is the fact that these groups of people are passionate about what they do. I get caught up in their passion. When I work with someone who loves what they do, I want to create images showcasing that passion.
Digital photography has given me the tools; to give people an insight to the way I see them.
Now there are no constraints holding me back, more than ever I am able to push my boundaries. Step outside my box… I find that photography for me begins at the end of my comfort zone.
I've heard it said a good photographer captures the subject. But I don’t think that’s true; I feel it’s the subject that captures the photographer. It is a strange thing when I click with someone I am photographing. There’s a synergy created. I believe each person senses they are playing a role in something very powerful.
I want my images to make you feel something, to move you.
What footprints have I left behind? Will they endure? Or has the vast ocean of photography washed them away already?
How many lives have I touched over the years? Have I touched yours?
So what is it I specialize in… I specialize in people.
My life's work… The question isn't who am I to you, but have I turned out to be the person I thought I would be?
So what’s my favorite image… it’s the one I will be taking tomorrow?