"All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person's (or thing's ) mortality, vulnerability, mutability." — Susan Sontag, On Photography by Susan Sontag
About Amy M. Steinfeld
I began to dabble in photography after graduating from college. For years I was obsessed with capturing the awe-inspiring moments witnessed while traveling to exotic locales to inspect sweat shops. Occasionally my endeavors would result in a decent photograph or two, but it was not until I purchased my first digital SLR and enrolled in a photography class at Santa Monica City College that I began to understand the true intention behind a memorable photograph. In the early years I chalked it up to luck. Now I realize how elusive light is, the merits of patience, and how much there is to learn from my subjects. Replacing my Blackberry with a camera forces me to truly see my surroundings.
While photography arrived quite late in my life, I have been influenced since childhood by my Mom’s fanatical attempts to capture every milestone and her keen eye, and my Dad’s interest in the technical aspects of photography. In 2006 I began to shoot events for the Santa Barbara Lawyer Magazine and have since transitioned to capturing my friends and families’ lives. When I am not drafting contracts and lamenting over California's latest drought, I enjoy embarking on expeditions with my trusty Nikon camera. This practice keeps me sane, inspires me to seek out new landscapes, and eases sometimes difficult transitions.