Do we make photos to represent the beauty of life — or do we think that our lives should be according to photos?
1. What is real?
On social media; we think what life should be based on the photos we see in our streams.
However shouldn’t it be the opposite? That our photos should represent real-life.
2. The problem with social media
The problem with social media: we filter it to only show the good. We always want to show our best selves.
But we never show our shitty days, the days when we wake up without makeup, and look horrible after crying all night. We censor the bad— and therefore all our social media feeds are biased. We think everyone is living a jolly old life, while we are the (only) ones living a miserable life.
The truth couldn’t be further.
3. Seek to find happiness (not to be a good photographer)
Which makes me wonder— shouldn’t we strive to make beautiful photos; in order to a appreciate life more? Rather than thinking, that by becoming a good photographer we will become happier.
I once heard that the best way to be a better photographer was to be a happier person. I agree.
We should seek photography as a tool for appreciating life. For finding small little beauties. For capturing and documenting sweet and precious moments. We should use photography as a tool to make deeper connections with others. Not to just make photos.
Photography isn’t that important at the end of the day; living, and life is the most important.
Let us never forget why we photograph— to live fuller, more meaningful, and deeper lives.
To find more meaning in your photography, read the book: “The Personal Photography Manual”
- How to Photograph Self-Portraits of Yourself
- What Legacy Do You Want to Leave as a Photographer?
- Love Who You Photograph and Photograph Who You Love
- The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Personal Photography
- The “Personal Photography” Manifesto
- How to Find Your Style in Photography
- On Photographing Your Loved Ones
- Living is More Important than Photographing
- What is Your Personal Photography Philosophy?
- I Photograph Not For the Many, But For You
- Photograph What You Feel, and Feel What You Photograph
- Stay True To Your Own Style
- Do You See Yourself in Your Own Photos?
- Shoot For the Few, Not the Many