Lots of people can appreciate photography but here are my reasons…
1.Photography is a way to express creativity with very little extra equipment
So far I have been using my iPhone SE to produce some images and that’s about it. Apart from some slight retouching Apps (which you can also download to your smart phone – for free for the most part!) there isn’t a lot to it at this stage. I also have a Sony ‘point and shoot’ camera.
2. Photography is a way of capturing the raw essence of a moment forever
I think it can be difficult with art i.e. paintings or watercolours if you don’t get what you want across in some way. Even if some photographers are not happy with the way their photos have come out by way of editing or retouching they have still captured the rawness of that moment which can stay with you forever.
3. There are so many ways you can store your photos
Seems obvious here but when it comes to your hefty physical portfolio or iCloud storage (which I have recently had to buy more of..!!) you can store them everywhere and anywhere. I would also suggest on the wall, in frames on the desk or even under a removable glass top of a dressing table which I have done before.
4. You can change or edit the photographs
This is not just for the perfectionists out there. This is for those people, like me, that like the raw image (or may not) and want to make something a bit special for a different occasion. You can also create a different mood with a different filter or just a different hue.
5. Even if your friend or your partner or your dog (!!) doesn’t like it someone will
Photographs are an expression and reflection of ourselves and in some ways an extension of personality and therefore they are meant to be subjective. It doesn’t matter if one particular shot doesn’t have one particular person’s approval because the whole point is, from a hobbyist’s point of view, you are your own worst enemy and harshest critic here.
6. Photographs are the windows to the soul
They say the eyes the windows to the soul however you can see a lot in photos too! The photos have depth and colour and shade and contrast and they are easily the most beautiful piece of art to transform your walls which leads on to…
7. Photos can transform a room
I can walk in to a room and be drawn to a particular photo so quickly. They can tell a story, show heartbreak, exhibit emotion, and generally brighten your otherwise drab living room.
8. You can photograph anything and everything
I have to say that I like to photograph particular landscape and skies because of the colour and interest however any photographer who is passionate about their hobby or career will say that you can take photos of anything. From last night’s dinner to horses in a field photograph what you like when you want.
9. You can photograph whenever you like and when inspiration hits
You may not have a decent camera on you or a notepad or pen or watercolours etc but you’ll always have a smart phone where you can capture the best images as they happen.
10. Lastly but not least, there are many platforms that support this beautiful and interesting hobby!
Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Pintrest EyeEm …. Use them all!
Hope you like this photograph!