Why I love being a photographer
There are two different types of photographers: the ones who take photos to escape reality and the ones who take photos to feel more alive. I belong to the second category. As a child, I was already hypnotized by pictures and I needed to create my own images. I became a photographer because it helps me satisfy my creative desires relatively easily. It is a lot less difficult than painting but I achieve a similar result; I can represent the border between reality and imagination. For me, photography is a tool, a way of looking at things differently and it helps me expand my outlook of the world. The multiplicity of situations and contexts that I get to experience helped me become a better person.
Capturing the moment
Through photography I seek my place. A place between the past and the future, a place where things seem to balance on the edge of the river. When I discovered photography, I quickly understood that the strength of the story is in the frozen frame and not in the flood. It reassures me to freeze the moment with the click of the camera. In a world where everything is moving all the time, it gives me a sense of temporary security. Here and there, in the duration of this time, there is something.
The other aspect of photography that means a lot to me is sharing. Each photo conveys a unique story. When I show my photos to others, I can share little moments of my life. This helps people remember the past. As a photographer, I feel empowered to make people discover new things because we all have a different way of looking at the world.
To see my work rewarded by a publication means a lot to me, regardless of the medium. I think it is the joy of seeing people smile when they see a photograph. Most of the time people are not expecting to find pretty pictures, and that’s when the magic happen.
In simple words, this is why I love being a photographer and how it allows me to “develop myself.” I hope the next generation will take as much pleasure as I do in being a photographer.