Monday, October 18, 2010

Cross Culture

Took a 2-day break from my daily photo series. Sometimes, we need that isolated time, away from people, from the internet, from holding cameras, and just to enjoy the fine details in life without the stress of photographing them. There's just too much to capture and it's endless. I enjoyed 2 days with my family, not much of photographing, just some processing of negatives.

The photography hobby can be ironic. We shoot to share BUT yet when it comes to doing it, most of us prefer to do it alone and NOT in groups. It is at the same time a Lonesome hobby BUT a Sharing hobby. If you have a photograph taken BUT it's not shared, it's equivalent to NOT having it taken. Even if we find some friends of the kindred spirit in photography to go out for a shoot, we hardly communicate during our street-shooting. It's just too hard to focus with friends around sometimes.

However, if we restrict our photography hobby all to ourselves, we end up like frogs living in the well. We will keep thinking we are the best and there's no need to look further. We will end up selfish, arrogant and ultimately blind. When a photographer is blind to the feelings of subjects around him, his photographs will be blind. Even a plant can feel sad that it's gonna wither tomorrow and a building can feel grand when it's bathed in golden sunset!

To all you photographers out there, keep sharing! For any photos which aren't shared, it's as if you have NOT taken them.