The value of photography

Photography has been a large part of my life ever since I got my first camera a few years ago. I wanted to have an SLR, but could never afford one. One day, passing a pawn shop, I found an analogue Minolta camera, and this opened up the world to photography to me. Now, a little while and a lot of learning from mistakes later, I realised the value of photography to me. Here’s what I think.

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Photography helped me slow down a lot. I started looking at the world more carefully, started noting colours and tones and appreciated everything a lot more.

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Using cameras, learning to use a whole new object from nothing and setting the shutter speed and aperture taught me that not everything has to succeed first try. Failing can be a lot more useful, as long as you try to learn what you did wrong.

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Photography allowed me to appreciate new things. Styles I never thought I would like, colours I never enjoyed and methods I never dared to use. I never thought I would like black and white. I never thought I would like street photography. I was wrong, and reading experiences and trying things made me change my mind.

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I can now capture more than an image. In the location above, for example, I always loved the lighting but I would have never been able to capture theĀ feelingĀ of that tunnel if I had never learned to use cameras properly. Photography can capture more than an image, it can capture moods, feelings and true emotions.

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Photography is also fun in day to day life, being able to capture those important to you in a certain way, in poses that express their personalities and with expressions that are dear to you.

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Photography is the art of patience, appreciation and looking. These are all things that we can learn a lot about in modern society, and photography almost turns into a philosophy, a way of life, in the way it influences and calms your mind. I have become a generally more patient person and I appreciate art and styles that I would have previously ignored a lot more than I would have ever thought.

The whole world is beautiful, unfortunately everyone moves to fast to notice it.

What are your thoughts? Do you have similar experiences? Love to hear them.

– Robin

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