What drives you to pick up your camera? What inspires you to get up at dawn for a sunrise or spend days hiking over mountains and through snow or streams?
Whats your reason for being a photographer?
I became a photographer by accident mostly, at the time my passion was bellydancing and was trying to capture images of my fellow dancers with a low grade camera that didn’t do them justice. At that point I made a promise to myself, if there came an opportunity and sufficient funds for me to invest in a proper DSLR then I would.
Eventually that day came, and I made a second promise to myself, that the kit would NOT sit on a shelf and collect dust, but efforts would be made to properly learn how to use it. 5 years later those efforts continue but the most interesting journey for me has been my relationship with the world and nature.
Suddenly the world appeared new and fresh to me, as my skills in composition developed, and my appreciation for light improved, landscapes became places of opportunity to stop and investigate, not drive through.
Holidays were planned to new and photographically interesting destinations. I forced myself to stop and explore frequently, taking time out to find opportunities for images (like the moss and spiderweb above)
Very occasionally a delightful surprise would be encountered, like the toadstools at a cemetary (first image) or nearly driving past NZ’s very rare and rarely seen Native Falcon (image above).
But for those surprises to happen you have to make the effort to be open to them, to go to new places, be prepared to stop and take in the vistas, pause for a side trip to a waterfall or simply be somewhere new and be prepared to explore.
Photography has added so much richness to my life, taught me new things about the world, nature and to my surprise, myself. I have made many new friends, gone new places, seen amazing things and best of all, made images that I can bring back and share with the world.
I shoot to capture those moments no one else would ever see otherwise, and share them so they can be enjoyed. I shoot to challenge myself, to improve and grow as a photographer. I shoot to take myself out of my comfort zone and push my boundaries.
I shoot because this world has amazing creatures and places and I want to see and enjoy as many as I can, and share what I do see.
Why do you shoot?