The Latin phrase “Lux Pictora” translates as “Light Painters.”

I’m James Alford and I foster skills in diverse photographic genres. I also teach my craft.

“How do I define myself as a photographer?”

I tell stories about people. I photograph people. That is how I develop and hone my craft.

My grandfather first inspired me to pick up the camera when I was in middle school. He had been a photographer and historian. Through high school and college I studied photojournalism, applying my love for the art to the vocation of journalism.

In 2008, I graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in photojournalism and began my career. 

I love photography, and telling stories. I became a teacher and now take photos but help others find their inspiration. It has been a very satisfying transition.

In closing, I take great inspiration from Ansel Adams. He spoke of photography in musical terms and described printing a photo as an new performance. The negative was the music, but the print could be interpreted in new vivid ways. I like this thought:

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”