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My Passion Behind the Scenes of an Impressionist's Life

Why I'm so passionate about photography
2006
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John Constable, English painter, once said, "There is nothing ugly; I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may - light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful."

Beauty comes in many forms. But for me, I have found an amazing and wondrous power in great images; there's something that draws me into a picture, and moves me in ways words can rarely hope to surpass.

My adventure with photography started a few years back when I've got my first digital camera for Christmas. Next day I photographed everything and everyone at home and in the neighborhood. I had such a wonderful time. Photography was my new destiny!

"Being passionate about something is not always easy. But that's what elevates it from being merely a hobby. " -- Brian Samuels

With great enthusiasm I've travelled across the country to find fabulous landscapes, interesting sites and beautiful flowers. 20,000 pictures or so later, to my disappointment, my work wasn't displayed in any galleries or museums. People didn't seem to share my excitement about my photographs. Well, the great artists were never understood by their contemporaries.

So I started again. I learned how to use my camera properly, I read a lot of books, I subscribed to photographic magazines, and attended many workshops. My photography started to change. Now I was on a quest for light, shade, and perspective to make my pictures beautiful.

I have spent countless hours behind my camera and never felt tired or bored. I have learned how to be patient. Making pictures forces me to look more carefully at the world, and I'm constantly amazed by the things I can find around me, such as small bugs barely the size of my fingernail. I observe spider webs, and birds flying across the sky. I get up early to see the sunrise through the mist. Every sunset is a miracle.

Photographs are small "pieces" of time which will never age. Never forget the moments in which they were made.

That's why I shoot! That's why I'm so passionate about photography!


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