A photographer without a camera is merely a bystander

My name is Ezra Ekman, and I've been around cameras since... well, before I was born. My father has been a photographer since his Navy days in the early 1970s, and both he and my mother always had a camera pointed in my general direction while I was growing up.

Photography has evolved into more than just a job or a hobby for me. It's not just a means to an end, nor is it merely an art form or a way to express myself. As far as I am concerned, photography has become a way of life. When not on assignment, I can often be found lying in the weeds with a long lens or wandering through the city with a bemused expression on my face, when it isn't behind a camera.

I love photography. I have since I picked up my first camera, and I will for the rest of my life. My camera has almost become another one of my limbs, and I would be lost without it.