“Hear the music, feel the image”
As I try to come up with a good starter for this article, I get up from my bed, fluff up my pillows, and go downstairs. The corridor is not-so well-lighted, and I find myself imagining what it would be like to take a picture of the empty hallway. I pass by the reception area, and once again notice the chairs and think what it would be like if I took a brown rabbit and took a picture of it against the white of the chair covers. I don’t know why, but I do that every. single. time. (Well, not really, but I always wanted to say that). So let me just start by saying that the concept of photography has become integrated in day to day activities, even though my camera is locked away safely for the post-midterms hell month.
It has been a while since I last wrote about photography, so expect a long rant.
So… why photography?
Well, my first take on photography is that it’s not even actually holding the camera up to my face and taking pictures according to how I look at the world. It’s simply how I look at the world. Period. I know it doesn’t really add up, but for me, one of the basic concepts of photography is perspective. Every pixel of visual input is etched into our memories (short or long term) through the optic nerve, the eyeballs, occulomotor muscles and… let’s not get carried away. Anyway, the point is, it’s these memories that won’t last forever (because the human brain can only take up so much visual info). We want to keep seeing these memories = exactly why photography exists.
I am the kind of person who doesn’t pay attention much and strays from simple duties because of lack of interest. Photography somehow lengthened my attention span especially when it comes to focusing on tasks, aside from focusing on a photography subject. At some point my brain subconsciously translates the focus I give to a certain object and relates it to other tasks, like studying or paying attention to details and conversations. I can go so far as to spending an hour just looking an a certain pattern, may it be the ceiling, the floor, or something random that catches my attention. It may be weird (because it is, nah just kidding), but it’s not half bad once you start noticing the little details that somehow makes or breaks the pictures you take. But seriously, the ceiling thing, it’s weird. But photographers are weird, so deal with it.
Maybe that ceiling thing was just me though, we’re all different, you know. I’m not really one to join competitions, go on model shoots, or even join group shoots that much except for maybe the food (hehe, sorry LSF, I love you guys), yet I am open to new knowledge on the matter by reading and learning on my own. I’m happy with what I do and with whatever concept and style I hope to add to the vast supply of inspiration in the web. A person can learn though a lot of different sources, it just depends on what kind of instruction he is comfortable with. As with info loading, everyone has his own forte, his own zone of comfort, and finding that zone can might as well be one of the greatest feelings in the world.
Finding a zone is like looking for ways in which you feel like every snapshot is worth it even though you know it just might end up in the recycle bin. Imagine yourself holding a film camera and ask yourself: Should I take this picture? Is it worth this strip of film?
Thing is, we’re not in that era anymore, and since we have the advantage of having the option to waste a lot of memory space, we might as well explore the depths of the unknown and take pictures of practically anything we want to without thinking about wasting film (except for wearing the shutter button out). Who knows what wonders you might be able to capture with your DSLR/digicam?
Digital is awesome, though I consider myself very lucky to have held both digital and film SLRs, though I also spent years with the compact cameras (also both film and digital) before I decided to take on the big toys. The first SLR I ever held was a film SLR, and I had to be very careful about taking event shots for the school paper, I didn’t want to waste resources on blurred volleyball spikes or failed slam dunks that might not even happen. I thought I would never get the hang of it because I was never really happy with my shots, until I got to use a DSLR a few years later, and got to explore ALL the zones and found myself drifting towards non-humans as my favorite subjects, animals to be exact. So let’s all shoot animals (and eat them at Manang’s.)
No, seriously. I’m going to cut straight to the end because I’m taking up a whole lotta space. Bottomline is, if you’re not happy with what you create yet force yourself anyway, you’re strumming a guitar without hearing a sound. You have to make sure that when you touch the shutter button, you touch the image as well.
And no, you don’t need a DSLR for that. I have A LOT of treasured pictures taken with a digicam. This is my perspective as an amateur photographer with not much experience. I have a lot to learn, and I shall continue doing so. Let’s all do that, shall we?
(Dave: Thanks Tin for filling up the space here in my blog. Kudos to a well written article, I couldn’t have “word” it better haha! I’m looking forward to your next… Adun Toridas!)
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