Robert Hecht wrote, "Through photography, I have learned so much—about myself and about life. I have learned to look, to pay attention to the moment, to try to feel the significance of everything I see. As a result, my awareness and appreciation of the world has grown profoundly; my life has been enriched beyond anything I have ever dreamt since I first picked up a seemingly innocent-looking camera."

I have lived his words.

When I was ten, my grandmother gave me my first camera, an innocent-looking "Windsor," a plastic toy camera. I took it to school one day and made pictures of my classmates. But when my father saw the prints he said, "The camera leaks light; it's no good." Downstairs into a box it went, where it was forgotten and gathered dust for years.
In college, when I became a passionate student of photography, I learned about artists who created serious work—with toy cameras. Intrigued, I salvaged my old Windsor and—to my delight—uncovered a sublime tool for discovering beauty and for making magic. Now, I also use a view camera, a 35mm rangefinder, and digital cameras.

Mostly, I photograph people. My images elicit emotion; some entail metaphor. All portray and evince the beautiful, the sensuous, the enchanting, the miraculous. Photography has taught me to savor fleeting moments, to sense the beauty of light, and to discern the astonishing wonder of being alive. When you pay extraordinary attention to an ordinary moment, magic happens.

With or without a camera, to capture life's magic—and live fully—you must seize the moment. Life is now only!