Photography is not about the camera..its about your observations. It about connecting those observations to show your story.
I came to photography by following my passion for music and in 1998 found myself on tour with Ben Harper shooting all 5 shows of his UK tour. Definitely an adventure. I went on to meet many of the people I admired including the Dalai Lama. A lot has happened since the century’s turned. Over the time (some 19 years) I’ve been practising creative photography.
In those years I’ve come to understand a few truths about photography and in this article, I’d like to share one of these stories with you…
Before I was a photographer, I was an observer, and this progression is shared by every photographer who practices creative photography. The foundations are the same for all of us, but technology has disrupted how we engage with our creative side. Photography has been a technical art form and to be a practitioner, you had to commit to it to master it. In essence, you had to learn it as a discipline.
The photography revolution began when phones got cameras. It used to be extremely difficult to take a photo once upon a time. Now, it’s difficult to stop taking photos – shane rozario
But..the truth about photography has never changed. The truth about photography is that photography is observation. If you can’t see it, you can’t shoot it. It’s observation fused with perspective, understanding, experience, experiments, and connection to everything – including the camera or camera enabled device! But… it’s not about just the camera.
Its about you, your observation and the way you experiment with your camera.
To get better at photography, you need to get better at observation. Creative photography is connecting your different observations in a way that makes sense.
When I was in my teens, my friends would often tell me to stop staring. I’d stare at everything. I came to Australia aged 11 with my family from India. If you’ve ever been to India, you’ll find yourself staring too. India is a visual feast. Why was I staring at everything? Why does anyone stare at things? Mostly because of curiosity. You can identify curious, inquisitive, interesting people because they will be the ones staring at things others may not notice for no reason other than they’ve noticed something.
Photography is an art form familiar to most people because it’s an extension of our love to look beyond what we can see. This fascination, I believe, begins with being observant. It doesn’t always start with youth just like common sense doesn’t always start when we’re young. To get better at common sense, you have to practice thinking and to get better at photography, you have to practice observation. If you can’t see it, you can’t shoot it and if you can’t foresee it, you can’t prepare for it. If you cant imagine it, you will never see it!
The truth is, if you want to become a better photographer you need to become better at observation and experimentation with your camera of choice.