Photography, to be appreciated, should be an act of passion. It is a fact that, sometimes, we photograph to fulfil a certain job, because we have to deliver it according to certain directives. That is what I call automatic work, that we usually do for money. And it is necessary. But, even in such cases, we can place a personal mark, although usually not very deep.
We read that we should all find our photographic voice, our style. I am at a phase when I am trying to find mine. I do different kinds of photography, and this year I want to find my line, a certain style that characterizes me. I believe it is important to experiment and leave our comfort zone. But at the same time, to have certain characteristics that define us. That way, our work will be more easily identified.
I’ve had a passion for photography since I was a child. I remember always having a camera, and experimenting. As with all passions, this one has ups and downs. I have always photographed, but only in 2010 did I decide to invest in my education in this form of art. I bought a DSLR camera, and started reading about photographic technique. In 2011/2012 I took a professional photography course to broaden my horizons. Not everyone needs formal training, but I feel that it was very positive for me. I was exposed to new professionals and techniques, and I learned a lot both in theory and in practice. Since then I have been reading many books on photography, following many blogs and listening to podcasts. Continuous education is fundamental.
As I have written on another post, after a 2016 when I didn’t photograph as much as I wanted, 2017 is turning out to be a year of comeback. I am organizing myself to photograph a lot more, to fulfill personal projects, and to take photography in a more professional way.
Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams. ~Donovan Bailey