Recently the question came to my attention, “Would you still be a photographer if no one would ever see your photographs?” This got me thinking; Would I continue to do photography without any input, of any kind, from even a single person. Hmm! I first thought about when and how I became interested in photography. As a child, I was fascinated by mom’s Kodak Brownie Hawkeye whenever she said, “Let me get a picture.” The camera held my attention more than any posing instructions that followed. Later, I’d sneak her Kodak out of the closet and take pictures. She started hiding it; film and developing was expensive. In the 5th grade I sold magazine subscriptions to get a Brownie Starmite. I didn’t have any money to buy film so I didn’t do much photography. On my 16th birthday, I got a Polaroid 210. I had a job working for my dad in construction and could buy the film packs; I became a photographer. From that time on I have always taken pictures. If making money through photography is the “line in the sand” for determining if someone is a photographer or not, then I’m on the wrong side of the line. But the question isn’t about that. The question is if I will continue to photograph life, as I see it, even if no one but me will ever see them. Absolutely I will! As long as I have a functioning camera I will take pictures that others have the opportunity to see, and yet, may never see. Should the time come, as it has in the past, when I don’t have a functioning camera, the shutter in my mind will still click whenever I “see” the shot. And most certainly, should my eyes become darkened, the light of imagination will brighten the viewfinder of my mind and the shutter will still click. I am a photographer!