I remember my first camera. It was a Barbie Outdoor camera. I was excited, of course, because 1. It was a camera and 2. It was a Barbie camera. However, I was also upset because it was an outdoor camera, which of course just made me want to take photos inside.
So I did.
I had my friends pose in front of my bedroom window with my giant duck stuffed animal. And, no the pictures didn’t “turn out”, but they looked pretty neat.
And I was hooked.
Admittedly, I’ve never been good at art. I can’t draw, paint or sculpt to save my life. Photography is my art. I carry my camera everywhere I go because every moment deserves to be captured.
I have a horrible memory; it’s really quite bad. I can’t remember what I did yesterday, much less a year ago. That’s no exaggeration. So, photography, in many ways, is important to life. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to keep half of the memories I have.
But to me, photography is more than just a selfish act.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="468"] See more of my published photojournalism here.[/caption]
Last week, my brother picked me up a copy of National Geographic, my favorite magazine because it was a special photo issue (THANK YOU). It’s always been a far-out dream of mine to be a National Geographic photographer because what job could possibly be cooler than that? This issue really just re-inspired my passion for photography and the power that it holds.
Photography gives you the power to find beauty in the ordinary and to show that beauty to the rest of the world.
Photography is a magic to capture a single moment that will never happen again. Think about the power of that. It shows the true significance of a single second.
Photography has the ability to tell human stories in a way that cannot be ignored. You can glaze over an article about poverty, but in a photo, it hits you and you can’t ignore it. Photography has the power to transport you directly to places you’ve never heard of. A picture says a thousand words. It’s true. A picture gives us the power to say those words. A single photo can capture the need for conversation.
Through photography, I want to do all those things. There’s a thing inside me that’s pushing me to NEED to do all of these things.