I had the opportunity last month to shoot my first graduation portraits. I really loved it!
A view from my hall of residence at the University.
I have asked myself a question many times but seem not to get to a solid answer. The question is, “What makes me a photographer? Is it the camera or myself?”
Some weeks back on our rice farm, I took a couple of nice shots. Upon getting back from the farm, I realized my camera isn’t working anymore. I ignored it because I was tired and would not be shooting anything again for some weeks. I got the battery charged though.
About a week ago, I picked up my camera for another shoot. It wasn’t turning on. I tried several methods and even went online for a solution. I found that lots of other photographers have similar situation…. To cut long story short, my camera is dead and I have no gear for taking new photographs now.
The question at the beginning now knocks at me. Without my camera, “am I a photographer?”
My Last Photograph
“We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.”
It’s Day 3/20
“Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.”Anonymous
What is a good photograph like? How do I capture an image that has that depth of feeling and reveals more in reality; a photograph that contains the humanity of the moment?
It’s day 2/20
“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”Robert Frank
It is said, “your first 10000 photographs are your worst.”
I believe I have passed this point; 10000 “bad” photographs. And I’m looking to take the good photographs now.
“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.”Irving Penn
I have prepared a 20 days journey to discovering what the good photograph is like.
I want to take a photograph that, without caption, can tell the viewer a whole lot of story. I want to tell stories with my camera; what I feel when I take that shot.
It’s 1/20 for me today.