I am loathe to call myself an artist, yet I cannot give up the habit of creating art.
When asked what it was about my work that set me apart from the thousands of amazing photographer/artists that surround me, my father responded in words that I could not find for myself, words that reminded me what I love so much about the camera: the rare privilege and sheer fun of offering you a view through different eyes, then sharing the wonder of connection when you can see what I see.
"...To me, characterizing the uniqueness -- or at least unusualness -- of your photographs is easy. Most good photographers (1) frame a subject in a way that satisfies a sense of visual harmony or excitement, and/or (2) capture a mood or an emotion with a particular juxtaposition of elements, and/or dazzle the viewer with technique. Your photographs do these things, but many of them do something more important and more difficult -- they present the familiar in a way that encourages the viewer to see it differently. This is one of the key elements of true art -- to change the consciousness of the audience a little by showing untapped possibilities of experience in life and nature. In short, most photography is either pretty or interesting, or both; yours is instructive as well.
[Christie W. Kiefer, Ph.d, author, artist, friend and my dad - The Mad Baker]