Photography. What does it mean? The ability of capturing moments with the help of technology? Or is it something more…
The art of photography has been fascinated people even in the 5th and 4th centuries, when the first photography tests were held by mathematicians like Aristotle, by using a pinhole camera.
Then much later on starting with the 18th century, with the help of the inventor Nicéphore Niépce, photography has slowly started to become a worldwide phenomenon.
People were fascinated by the magic appearing on a piece of paper, simply by using the power of the light to achieve it.
But is it really that simple? Not really.
Indeed the first steps into photography was in some ways a simpler process than today, yet still a complex procedure. This process in time has become more or less complicated, depending on the different styles of inventors and researchers dealing with this area.
Today of course, many believe it’s really just about pressing the button and releasing the shutter.
With the development of modern technological gadgets, such as tablets, iPhones, smartphones and such, for most photography does appear indeed to be rather a simple procedure.
However, it is not. It is much more than that. Photography is a combination of technological knowledge and a personal vision, which is not possessed by all individuals. Quite the contrary.
Due to the terrible misconception that all people can create photos these days, the true artistic an spiritual way of photography has indeed suffered tremendously.
With the improper technological knowledge and a lack of vision, literally millions of images has appeared on the market today, which can hardly be called photographs.
First of all, a proper knowledge of technology is of absolute importance.
One needs to know the proper time setting of the camera, which will determine the quantity of light that enters into the camera, and thus the quality of the photograph.
When and how to release the shutter, which setting is optimal for the outside and inside light conditions, including the proper ISO (sensitivity level to light), is not to be taken lightly. Not to mention certain rules of photography, like the rule of third for example, which all lead to an aesthetic and proper framing of the subject in a photograph.
All these are not possible without proper knowledge and vision, which comes with talent.
Vision however might be cultivated in time, with regular practice and developed up to a certain point.
If a passionate individual learns the basic of photo technology, combining it with an inside vision, can create photographic wonders.
Photographic vision, allows people to see something that is usually missed in everyday life. This process however for most, requires concentration and self discipline.
However, the concept of photography differs from each individual.
In other words, what drives a soul to capture moments and freeze them in time for eternity?
Some might pursue this activity without much thought into what photography really is.
This could be very dangerous, and unfortunately weakens significantly not just the quality of the photograph, but the vision in itself.
Some, might choose to make a living out of photography. Like journalists, nature and art photographers, various event photographers (wedding, fashion), who mostly love what they do for a living, and combining their passion with finances.
But these people also contribute seriously to the world, one way or another.
They spread the news, important information to share, or simply make other people’s lives happier.
After all, photography is information. One of the most powerful ones as a matter of fact.
We all see beauty in different ways. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say.
It is indeed.
This is what photography is all about after all.
Sharing an information with the world, in the most appealing form possible.
The combination of technological knowledge and vision.
Passion is of the utmost importance. Without passion, the quality and the information in a photograph suffers. Considerably.
Therefore, there are many reasons for why an individual might indulge himself in the mesmerizing world of photography.
Fame, money, or simply for the beauty of photography alone.
For myself, photography is a very spiritual process in itself. It is path to enlightenment, the forging of the soul within.
However, this very much depends on the type of photography indeed.
A nature photographer for example, requires a quiet time alone to focus properly on the subject, he needs to be in the present moment.
Thus, he already laid down the first steps towards inner enlightenment.
Focusing on a subject in photography, is of a crucial importance, not just for the quality of the creation but for spirituality as well.
In the present moment, all unnecessary thoughts vanish, and the silence of the soul sets in.
In this state of mind, we can hear our true selves and create masterpieces of photography.
The concept alone of freezing a certain moment makes me shiver.
What an outstanding and magnificent procedure! Being capable of nearly playing with time, we can freeze moments, capture time for eternity.
More than that, we discover the unseen beyond the lenses, which we normally in our daily lives tend to ignore.
Through the lenses however, we can discover a whole new world.
Because we pay attention. It is truly a magnificent and magical process both very artistic and spiritual, capable of lifting the soul into the highest of heavens.
Do not take photography lightly. It is much more beyond the technological piece of equipment.
It’s more like forging your soul into the very moment, the very essence and purpose of human life.
Discovering the unseen world beyond the lenses, it is one of the most elevating process in existence.
It is like meditation. It is meditation. In a different way.
Learn to see through the lenses. It will help you quiet your mind and your spirit.
It will teach you to see the unseen. You will discover possibilities, that you never thought it existed.
You will discover yourself.