Why I take photos, why I enjoy it and why I can't stop.
“No one needs to tell you you’re in love, you just know it, through and through.”
The Oracle – The Matrix
(First, I’ve included a quote in this… I don’t usually but iIt is from The Matrix though so don’t worry, I haven’t gone too mushy on you and it’s relevant, honest.)
I’ve been thinking about my photos for a while now – why I take them – why I enjoy it… why I can’t stop.
The best way to describe the feeling I get when taking photos is – it’s like I’m searching for something – I’m constantly looking around, searching for ‘it’. Sometimes when I take a picture, I know deep in my chest that I’ve found it – with a simple click, it’s there, locked onto a negative and I know it’s going to be amazing. The two photos above, taken in Leeds, are perfect example of that – as soon as I took them I knew they were going to be beautiful… and they were. Everytime I look at them I feel happy.
Sometimes I don’t find it – there’s a click but I know it’s not right – and I’m happy with that too… I get the results, I look at the photo, learn from them, think ‘right thats fine’. I appreciate them for what they are and leave them, it wasn’t there, I could tell. Above are another two examples of that from around Norwich with my Mum… Normally I wouldn’t even share these ones on here.
To me, each photo I take is like falling in love – you’re constantly searching for it – everywhere you go – even if you aren’t aware that you are… sometimes you can’t see it, sometimes you find it in one step, sometimes you have to work a bit harder, perhaps challenge your preconceptions and break some of your own rules…
But just like love – no one can tell you when you’ve found that perfect photo, you just know it… through and through!
How does taking photos feel to you?