Photography is a wide reaching activity that millions of us partake in for all kinds of reasons.
Personally, I photograph for the following ones –
– An excuse to wander in the countryside.
I love walking, and nature, so any chance to combine both of these, I take. Photography gives it more purpose somehow, and makes it more “acceptable” to others.
– To hunt for beauty.
Yes, I could do this without having a camera with me, but over the years I’ve found cameras help me see better, and encourage me to explore the tiny details more thoroughly.
– To capture beauty.
Once I discover something I do find interesting and beautiful – especially if it’s something most people would walk past without a glance – I want to have a record of it, and something to share and show others, to remind them also that there’s beauty all around us, if we just look in the right places, with the right eyes.
– To play with cameras, mostly old ones.
This used to be film cameras, which certainly have their charms, especially the more mechanical and manual ones. That tactile and engaging physical experience can’t be matched by digital machines. But increasingly I love exploring “vintage” digital cameras too, those dismissed to the back of a drawer and neglected for years as their spec and capabilities have long since been surpassed. I love to rediscover lost cameras and see if I can bring new life to them, to let their eyes see again.
– To capture memories.
These days I use my Sony Xperia phone almost exclusively for family occasions and snapshots, and it’s conveniently synced to Google Photos to backs up the photos as soon as I’m back on WiFi. As with most of us, it’s great to capture moments to look back on as our families grow.
How about you, why do you photograph?
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