The real thing.
”Photography is a small attempt at immortality — a way to preserve some aspect of your identity, your time and your consciousness; communicate it to others and bring it forward into the future. You can say that about virtually any art form of course, but photography is unique in being able to do more with less by employing an effective lever, a technologically based visual recording medium. As I said, the two essential variables in photography are deciding what will be captured in the frame (composition, lens selection, vantage point, shooting angle) and what instant will be captured for posterity (that is, when to press the shutter release). An awareness of light and a mental concept of what you want to achieve are certainly helpful in creating memorable photographs, but it really boils down to controlling those two variables, through which you can create and mold a multiplicity of realities.” – Jason Schneider