Today I am reminded of an awesome inspiring speech I heard sometime last year. I still remember it. It impacted me that much. This woman, Christine Caine, spoke about how we as individuals are made in the image of G-d. With that being said she compared individuals growth and development with G-d and life to be analogous to old cameras and how when you wanted to develop your film it had to be processed through a dark room only to come out as the beautiful portrait which you framed through your focus. This concept of dark rooms being the place for processing and developing into a beautiful picture is great!
Now to my story of photography. Ever since I can remember I loved being in photos and getting to take pictures even with those disposable cameras that I used to take to camp. Taking pictures and capturing memories was always special. When I was thirteen and had my Bat Mitzvah, my uncle gave me my first digital camera. I took so many pictures up until the time that it broke at the end of my freshmen year of high school. Then I saved up in order to buy a better digital camera and had done a little research to learn more. I always wanted an even better camera but didn’t have enough money for it.
Then after the accident, I found myself taking lots of pictures especially on my phone. I found myself really wanting a better camera. I think part of it was that, our driver who had died in the accident had loved to take pictures. She was really talented with photography too. I guess I wanted to be able to carry on what she couldn’t. Or something like that. So for my first birthday after the accident, my parents got me a better camera, more sleek, cool features and lots for me to explore and learn how to use. I began to go on photo adventures with friends so that I could learn to use my camera and see the world differently. Then last year I had saved up enough to invest in a DSLR camera, a step up and with many features I am still learning to use. I have gone on even more photo adventures and taken even more pics!
Photography for me is an opportunity to see the world from a different angle, view, perspective and focus. When I apply this understanding and application of photography to other areas of my life, I can approach problems from a new way and solve problems in a unique way. Photography is one of my many hobbies and I am grateful for what I learn and see through the lens. It gives me vision. For this, I am thankful.