What is it about photography which draws us into its realm with such passion.
I ponder this question often. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I need to find my own answers. You might like to share your own thoughts below.
So far, a satisfactory answer always seems out of reach to me. I feel as if I am searching for something unknown along my photographic journey; that the journey has some kind of purpose.
Many people will not understand and some might think me odd. However, I think it is very normal.
I feel that most people search for answers in life. Some find it in religion or philosophy, some in the act of helping others. Many people find it through their careers and work, or at least try to do so. Others search yet never find and a few get lost along the way in difficult places like in alcohol and drugs.
Yet many people, perhaps most people, search for something. For some reason, my search has taken me down a path of photographing landscapes, sharing what I learn and writing about the journey. We are all different.
For me, I know that photographing a landscape brings a sense of balance into my life. It for fills many needs in me, a need to build and create something. A need to be closely in touch with those things in life which are real and natural; I think it is a counter balance to what can be a very artificial and unnatural world in which we live and work. Photography for fills a need in me to escape and have time-out; time for me. It enables my yearning to wander, explore and discover.
Photography is perhaps a reaction to the need in me to say “Hey, our world is not all bad” that in fact, it is a very beautiful and good world in which to live in. Photography is also my way to leave a mark on the world after I am gone, that somehow my beautiful photographs and my writings are evidence that I was here and I had something to say and to share with others. My life was not just about work and play, there was something more.
Sometimes I look at people I know, those who appear to me to be very shallow and have no depth in their life. I find them very curious and interesting. They appear to be happily living lives I see as very superficial and simple. One side of me is envious. However, I could never live, a life, so wafer thin. I need depth, creativity is my keel and my compass.
What drives your passion for photography? I would love to know…
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Here are some other posts I have written which may be of interest to you here:
- What makes a photograph great?: here
- Interview with photographer Huntington Witherill: Some very good insights on what it is to be a photographer: here
- The importance of light in photography: here
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