Angie Payne

"This lens is joy."

It’s the little things.

You don’t have to travel far from home to capture the sense of adventure and discovery photography provides. In fact, for Angie Payne, wonderment is just outside her front door. 

As a macro photographer, it’s the little things that make her pick up her camera over and over. A blade of grass growing through a leaf, a droplet of water, the delicate wing of a damselfly, all reveal something of the beauty and interconnectedness of the natural world from the comfort of a worn patch of grass.

I was somewhere that I had been many, many times before, but through the macro lens, it was like being in a completely different world. It brought me that same excitement, that same giddiness, and joy that I felt when I was in a crazy place, far off the grid.”

“I used to think nature was really just the far away places that were untouched, hard to get to, high commitment. I realized there's really amazing stuff that nature does everywhere, you just have to prioritize wanting to see it and stop.”

“It takes a lot of time. You have to be slower and that's hard in this culture to slow down like that. I'm not great at slowing down, but this is what macro photography has given me: a reason to slow down every day.”

“I feel like a kid again, every single time. When I get out there and I'm crawling around in the grass, I just can't get enough of it. It's just this overwhelming sense of excitement and joy that I don't find in anything else.” 

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