Hey everyone! Lately I’ve noticed that I’m going through a bunch of old photos and not really getting out to take any new ones. However, I do enjoy going through my older photos because they hold a lot of memories for me.
This is one of my very first photos that I shot in my bedroom when I was about sixteen. It’s crazy to think about, but I’ve been doing photography as a hobby for about eight years now. Every photo I have on here has been taken with the same camera I got clear back in High School, and with the regular lens the camera came with.
When I started photography, I was inspired by a girl in my High School graduating class. We would often have class together, and she was wickedly talented when it came to photography and anything artistic in general. When I spied on her Flickr account, that was the first time I really got in touch with photography. Before then, I had the common misconception that photography was just snapping photos of pretty things and that it can’t be art. But after looking at her work, I noticed how much emotion and meaning can go into photos. I also saw the depth and detail that a good photo could have and how you can create a world through photography and photoshop.
After that, I had this itch to create. I played around with a few cameras, some that my friends had for a photography class then fell in love with the Nikon D3000. So far, it has been the only professional camera that I have ever owned. I still have it, it works great. I love the photos that it takes. I even tend to weird my friends out because I call it my “baby.” Both that and my old Xbox. But that’s what it is to me because, without it, I wouldn’t be able to do something I love with as much ease. I can always take photos with my phone, which sometimes I do, but when I get it into photoshop, the quality and depth of the photos aren’t the same.
Since getting my camera, I started trying to take photos of people and myself to capture emotion. Eventually, I ended up using photography as a way to appreciate the world around me. It was a way for me to be present for the moment. Instead of focusing on what is going on in my head, with my camera all my thoughts turn to, how do I get this shot to show how I see this tree or this mountain. Suddenly with my camera, I’m admiring the things around me and taking that moment home to my friends and family. My favorite thing about photography is seeing people get excited about the images I show them and then getting to tell them, “it just looked like that.” For me I’m not the artist, I’m just the person who comes across the art. But I also know everyone has a unique way of looking at things. Everyone tends look over beautiful things or see something simple and think “that can’t ever be beautiful.” Through photography, I can take simple things and show the beauty I see in places no one would expect. Or sometimes, in places, they would expect. To me, being able to share how I see the world not only connects me to it but also brings me closer to the people who are in it.