So I’ve been thinking.. Why do we love photography so much? I thought I’d put brain-to-keyboard to see if I could justify it all.
Firstly let me say welcome back to our blog! As with anything I’m sure you won’t agree with all of my reasons for loving photography, but I wanted to share my thoughts to see whether you agree, disagree or even have different reasons why photography is great. So don’t forget to share your reasons for loving photography in the comments section below..
We are emotionals.
The first and foremost reason we love photography is not because of a particular brand, it’s not because of a particular photographer or even because we love being creative. It is simply that pictures make us feel something; something that words fail to describe – It could be the love shared between newly-weds at their wedding, that picture that takes you back 20 years or even the shot taken just as your son wins his first sports day race.
It is a moment, caught in time and a feeling, caught in time – forever.
We are observers.
Just think when you have had a hard day in the office or a tough time at home, everyone needs a release – some people run miles & miles until their feet ache, some try their hand at baking, but for you and me – we keep our eyes wide, wide open to see life and to capture it in its most fleeting yet beautiful moments, as it happens.
We are storytellers.
Because it’s so easy to pick up the basics in photography and pretty much everyone has a camera of some sort, we write our own lives down for others to see & remember, it’s just that we don’t use words to do it – we use pictures.
And this isn’t anything new either, this has been going on for many a year. The only difference is that it’s easier for people to take part in it. If you think about it, most families have a few old tea stained images that show members of the family that you wish you could’ve met. And it tends to jog the memory of people that did know them. You might find out that your old Great Aunt May was in fact a star musician in her day playing the sousaphone! You are part of this trend for your family’s family in years to come. They can look back and say “Wow what super pictures your Great Grandad Dale used to take!”.. 😉
We are light chasers.
We love to chase good light and when we can’t find it, we create it. Once we’ve found a good subject, we want it to look its best or sometimes its worst depending on the emotion you’re trying to portray. This is where creating or finding the right light is so important. I think this is why the great photographers are great – they find the light and sculpt it to fit their intimate needs. Whether it be a beam of light, lighting a dark cold corridor for dramatic effect or the soft lighting from a window to create beautiful, natural looking portraits. This is one of the most fun and creative things a photographer can work with, after all it’s all about light.
We are creatives.
My final reason is that it allows us to explore our imaginations once more; just like when we were kids playing with Transformers pretending to save, or in my case, destroy the world. And we can create any world we like, any emotion just by working with our own creativity and developing it.
Imagine if every photographic idea you’ve ever had was an individual ball in your very own ball pool, just dive in and lose yourself in your own creatively until you hone your style.
We are photographers
And there we have it, my top reasons why I believe people love photography. Agree? Disagree? Or have a different reason? Why not share it with us below.
Happy snapping & keep enjoying photography, whatever the reason may be! 😉
All those points apply to me, but they don’t answer the question, “Why do you love photography?” I’m not sure I even DO love photography! Most of the time I find photography frustrating and annoying. The only reason I put up with photography is so I can make photographs.
Interesting! Thanks for sharing and.. I hope that in the future you enjoy photography more. Dale
I’d agree with every one of those reasons. Capturing the moment and any memories that go with it. One of the best mugs I have ever seen was one that does the rounds in photographic groups on a regular basis – ‘I’m a photographer, I can freeze time – what’s your superpower?’. I think that sums it up quite nicely in a somewhat big headed way perhaps 🙂
I photograph for each of those reasons and it’s an added bonus when other people like what you do.
Thanks for your comment! I love the sound of that mug, might have to get myself one 😉 Have a great day. Dale
I love photography because I have a really crap memory. 🙂
Haha, great reason! I also suffer from that problem 🙂 Dale
I love photography for a variety of reasons, but I think my favorite is being able to freeze the moment in time. As a newbie to the world of “good” photography, I also love that it allows me to learn something new every day!
I think the main reason I love photography is it’s something I can share with my grandfather, taking and making photographs, having him look at them and get excited that I’m using the same techniques and sometimes the same camera he used many years ago. Discussing light, speeds, aperture settings, locations, events, looking at old negatives and comparing his times with mine. I find it a way of connecting with a family member through a mutual love of an activity.
Plus it’s one of the few things I’ve found I’m not that bad at in life 🙂
That is a lovely story, thank you for sharing it with us! Really great that it lets you share moments with a family member. Dale
I love photography because its awesome.. 😀
Can’t disagree with you! It is awesome 🙂 Dale
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