Most of the modern world carry a camera with them 24/7 – our mobile phones. We capture events and experiences posting them to social media 24/7 not really thinking too much about it.
For most people it starts and stops there but for some, the bug of image capture grabs them, and the more we learn about it the more its hold tightens around us.
Why do we enjoy taking pictures so much? Is it that its boundless, it’s nonrestrictive to culture or race, it’s not restrictive to anything and as such it’s one of the world most enjoyed hobbies?
Myself; It began when I was young and I discovered that by holding my sunglasses in front of the lens I could change how the clouds looked, making them more detailed and amazing than they already were, since then I’ve always been fascinated by the sky. From there I combined the land with the skies and took on landscape photography though I always needed to capture a powerful atmosphere otherwise it felt like a waste of time to take an “everyday snap shot” I had to capture or create something that would hold my own imagination. I guess growing up in the days of Star Wars and Steven Spielberg films had an influence on me accepting the norm or expecting something a little more magical.
There’s only so much influence you can had on the atmosphere of a vast landscape though, as it was down to mother nature to provide the needed “feeling” I had to include.
I started to notice and admire powerful portrait photography, people’s faces, the contours the shapes and individuality of our faces, how light can change and enhance features spurred me to learn about light, how to manipulate and shape it. Portraiture has a subject that's growing in abundance as the population is ever increasing though it pains me to walk past a great face on the street and know that even if asked nicely most people don't want a camera pointed at them, so many people and so many missed opportunities. Occasionally people don't mind having their picture taken and all too often once in front of the camera that natural expression that first caught your eye disappears as mild discomfort takes over and you know you have to work hard to relax them and get them back on side. That feeling when they work with you, you get the lighting right, have few issues and knowing you nailed it is such a feeling of pride and confidence which spurs us onto do more, to become even better than we are now is worth chasing.
That's what interests me about photography, what interests you?