Pointing the camera at the world,to reveal pictures of me – Manish SinghMay 20, 2017
“Purpose is the reason you journey. Passion is the fire that lights your way.”
People always say that a photograph lasts a lifetime. Being able to look at a photograph many years down the road and realizing that you captured that one moment, that frozen moment in time, when you captured that memory, is the best feeling alone. When I hear the word “Tunnel Vision”, I picture myself looking through my camera, through that tunnel, meeting the lens, and snapping the shutter closed. I’m sharing why I love what photography does for me and why I think it’s such a great hobby to integrate into my life. I began my photography journey by picking up a camera and not knowing a single thing about it.
I was always that kid who’d sit in the background and keep to myself. I never really put myself out there. I was like a closed book not willing to share what was inside me. I didn’t raise my hand and never talked in class, until I was talked to. I was too shy for that.
Then, in 2009, my parents bought me my first camera, a digital Sony Cyber-shot W360. It was not a great camera but it worked. It was black and sleek I loved the feeling I would get when I held it in my hand. Sure, my camera was special because it was given to me by people I love, but I never expected it to change my life.
I would take it everywhere and take pictures of everything. I remember how my hand would shake. I wanted every shot to be perfect. Sometimes the pictures would turn out too blurry. But even though the pictures weren’t great, I did discover a new love of photography. I never really understood why I was so fascinated by photography. I didn’t think it was anything more than a hobby. I was wrong. Within a year I won the first prize in inter-school photography competition, this was the first event that motivated me to get into photography. Over the years, I continued clicking and evolving. It was a crazy whirlwind of events. I did win a few local and district events in photography and was featured in a few exhibitions during 2010-2013. I just cannot emphasize enough how unexpected I had found the thing I am most passionate about.
Photography is something that just does not happen overnight. One has to devote time and develop patience and learn the art of good photography.
When I bought my first DSLR camera in 2013, I started to take photography more seriously and dedicated time to learn how to properly use my new camera. I am so protective of this camera that I rarely let others touch it (*laughs*). I started out clicking landscapes and doing street photography, I was very much fascinated by stars hence ended up doing astrophotography.
As I developed stronger skills in photography, I developed more as a person. I could see a change in myself. I was growing more confident in my ability and willingness to share with others. In college, photography got me to be the Team Head of the Technical Club.
Photography has changed my life in so many ways that I didn’t think was possible. It has made me hardworking and determined. I have gained confidence to be myself through my work. It gives me an escape from the real world. It lets me express myself, my views, and who I am through ways I didn’t think were possible. I can show people who I am through my pictures. With total control over what photos I take and how they are taken, my photos speak for me. It has given me opportunities I didn’t think were possible.
As a result, my perspective of the world has changed. Behind my camera I am invincible, and nothing can hurt me. I could have easily given up when the photos didn’t work. But I never did. Something in the back of my head always told me to keep trying. I started to realize that you have to keep trying or you will never reach your dreams. No one ever said it would be easy but you don’t know what you can accomplish if you don’t try .I have taken my lens cap off to let the world in. I am no longer the shy kid who doesn’t talk to anyone.
Photography is now a part of who I am. I don’t take photos for anyone else. I take photos for myself and simply work harder when my friends tell me that my photos are not any good. When I was younger, hearing those words would have crushed me. But now they motivate me. I choose to share my work with people I know who will support me and I take into consideration any feedback and/or suggestions they give me.
If you immerse yourself in the world of photography you will be amazed at everything that it can offer you. Words are not the only way to express yourself. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. So, I let pictures tell my story.
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