People often ask me what does Photography mean to me. They see my pictures and ask which camera I use. To answer the second one, I use a beginners model Canon 700D with a kit lens. But trust me it doesn’t just end at the camera one uses, its a lot more than that. Its how you see the world or imagine it and then capture it.
I picked up my camera only an year ago and since then my journey has been progressing through self learning. The only thing that keeps me going is my curiosity, because I don’t feel okay with not finding the answer to my question. I spend hours reading, watching, experimenting and practicing, I don’t stop unless I have understood what I wanted.
In Sep’16 after leaving my job, I spent some time thinking about where I wanted to be next. After a few weeks of solitude, I had made up my mind, I was sure that I did not want to get back into the corporate life. I finally chose to leave behind 15 years of my corporate high paying job to take up photography as a profession. I believe photography pushes my creativity and drives me to be innovative every day.
I am not an expert yet, I make mistakes and not everything I click turns out good. But I learn with each passing day. I am self taught and I am still learning. I travel with a hunger to capture more. Usually on weekends I head out on the streets exploring places and meeting other enthusiasts, I share with them what I know and also learn from them. I don’t earn anything out of these morning walks and I do them for the sheer enthusiasm of it. I try to share whatever I have learnt as I have myself experienced how difficult it is to learn. I have come across lot of people who do photography professionally but only very few are willing to share.
When some people hear about my decision, they exclaim “Wow, you are so lucky that you are following your passion”. Unfortunately, luck is not the right word to use, as it hides the struggle one goes through. My luck did not make me leave a high paying job and make me work like I used to, during my early college days. I have kids, wife and a complete family to earn for. Where’s the luck in this? It’s simply a way of life that I have chosen for myself.
Everyone can, everyone has a choice, but most of us tend to choose the obvious. And when one chooses to follow what they believe in, they are not being lucky. Otherwise, by choosing not to take the decision, we are only underestimating our capabilities. We continue to sit back the same way as before thinking what if? Some may term it risky, a dumb decision or maybe a smart move, which only time can tell, but I hardly care how it turns out. There will always be people who will tell you what to do and what not to do. They will always have something to say, but it is up to you to decide how you want to move ahead.
Finally, coming back to the first question, I hope I was able to answer it too!