I knew photography was special to me in a way words cannot explain. I knew that, the moment I held my camera for the first time. I felt whole, like never before. I felt complete. And today, I know the feeling was real. I know this is part of me, the part that needed to be discovered, the part that was crying to be heard. And I listened to it. Glad I did.
Today I won. My first photography award. It’s not much, 2nd Place in National Award at Sony World Photography Awards but it’s the world to me in terms of photography. I knew this was an award winning photograph the moment I took it, but never dreamt so big. After all, I started photography exactly 1 year and 1 month ago and this is a great and wonderful surprise.
Story behind the shot: was looking for people for a street portrait and passed a very old looking barber shop on the corner of the street. I saw some old man on the chair, waiting for his remaining hair to be trimmed so I went in, asked for a shot and the answer was positive.
Haven’t been around my blogs this summer, because I’ve been busy experimenting with photography and my work. But today I woke up with this thought in my mind and I knew I had to write it down.
It’s about street photography and why it appeals to me that much. As an introvert who likes to observe life in its pure for, streets are the best scene for that. You find all kind of people, young, old, tired, happy, serene, pens a time and the list can go on. On the streets activity never stops and as a street photographer you have the chance of capturing life as it is, with real situations, raw feelings, candid moments. Nothing is staged, no one should pose. And there lies the beauty of it, the show that never ends, because we are all part of it.
But as much as I like street photography, it presents itself as a big challenge for me. Going on the streets with the camera in hand means stepping out of my comfort zone every single time. It’s not easy for an introvert to go out there and take pictures of strangers. Will probably never be like Bruce Gilden, never getting that close to my subjects, but that’s okay, because we all have to find our unique style, our own voice. And I am going towards that. It might not bring me celebrity and I might not be featured by Magnum Agency, but that is alright. As long as my picture can tell a story and I am happy with it, it’s enough for the time being. After all, street photography it’s just a hobby so no pressure.