Photography is a Funny Art
Everyone with a camera is a photographer, and cameras are everywhere. The quality of cell phone cameras coupled with some very cool apps or easy editing programs is allowing virtually anyone with the ability to, create great photos. I love this about photography, I think everyone who can, should take a ton of photos to document their lives and capture great moments. I was recently reading one of the online photo forums that I belong to and there was a thread titled "What are your other hobbies". I quickly browsed the thread to learn that a slight majority of the replies were in favor of folks playing a musical instrument (mainly guitar) in addition to their photography. I could kind of relate to this right away, as I too have a guitar that I play with every so often. However, for me photography was much easier to become more successful with. I absolutely love playing my guitar, and when I do my terrible strumming and picking always takes me away and I struggle to hear what's going on right around me, (the kids right in my face). I do struggle with it though, and find that I grow with it at a snails pace, so then of course I put the guitar down for another 6 months only to have to start all over again later.
Photography though, for me at least has been a sweet surprise and blessing. Maybe because I have put more time into it (no doubt about that), or maybe because it just pushes my brain differently. Right off the bat when I first started taking my photography to the next level I began to notice and see the entire world around me differently. I learned to look at colors and shadows, and objects and movement not how my eyes see them, but how the camera sees them. Our eyes are amazing little cameras/tools. Coupled with our brains, we can see much much more than what a camera can see. I remember time after time seeing a scene, taking a photo, and getting home to see it on the computer or having it printed in a lab only to see that it doesn't look quite so good on paper/screen. It is these learning experiences, not failures, that have pushed me to learn more about photography. It drove me nuts trying to figure out why the prints didn't match my eyes. I felt as though I had wasted my time and film on what I thought was a great shot, and I didn't want to keep doing that, so I pushed myself to learn why that was happening.
I really wish I could be more successful with the guitar, however I am extremely thankful for my drive to want to take a better photo today than I did yesterday. Photography has truly opened up my eyes to the world. I see so much more now than I used to. A simple walk out to the mailbox looks different to me each and every time now. Below is a simple photo that I captured a few years ago when I was trying to learn all the little buttons on my camera. It's a very simple and not very exciting scene that I would walk by every day for a couple months pushing the baby stroller. Now the photo itself isn't too exciting either, but it does capture a neat little wheel barrow or wheeled barrel, not sure which. For most anyone who views this photo probably doesn't think much if anything about it, but for me, I remember exactly where it was taken, when it was taken, and it brings a smile back to my face picturing my daughter asleep in the stroller while I walk on a nice sunny day. This is why I take photos for myself!
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