This is a question I ask myself all the time. Why am I taking this picture? The answer to these questions are helped if I'm doing a personal project or thinking about one and exploring ideas. To give this question perspective, I'm adding a video to this blog. This video represents the answer to this question at the very top of the food chain. It does not get any better than this. Welcome to Peter Turnley.
I just finished my personal project shooting on the Grand Dell Saloon. Part of the story is about talented musicians trying to earn money and in some instances a living, playing the blues. While playing for tips, in bars like the GDS, they earn additional monies by selling CD's. The new age of technology has enabled musicians to create CD's without record deals and provide income unlike the past. This image illustrates this with John Garcia(long time guitar player for John Lee Hooker) playing the stage and his CD's are offered for sale during his performance.
Peter Turnley is on another level but the principle of finding the story is the same. Having a purpose to your photography is important and can be as complex as a natural disaster or as simple as documenting a family outing. Having a purpose creates photographic intent, having a story enables you to select the shots; putting this together is what it's all about.