This is not me, but I am smiling and happy just like her…
I want to thank all of you for your encouragement and support. Life would be quite struggling without awesome people like you!
Tree said, “Although I too want to learn more technical shooting, I think sharing our hearts and creativity with others is so much more important.
Each time we share a creative piece of writing or creative photo we put a little piece of ourselves out into the world!!”
Cee said (in her email), “What makes my photography special (and yours) is that we see from our heart and soul and capture people (especially you) and thing (me) in a unique and special way”
I carve these wisdom words into my heart.
When I decided to start photographing, like many other beginners, I read many articles I found online and watched many photographing videos. I learned (whatever the amount I was able to absorb) about lights, compositions, taking head shots, taking better landscaping photograph, photographing at wedding… I know I have a passion for photographing, but I had no idea what I really liked to do with that passion.
I started following many photographing blogs. I paid attention to what excited me. I saw several amazing landscape photos and thought I would give it a try, but even though I was excited when I saw other photographers’ landscape photos, I was never excited with my own. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t reproduce the magnificent feeling I had at the shooting spot. Worse yet, I felt something was missing. It took me a while to figure out that what was missing was my heart. I am not a landscape photographer after all.
My heart was not in portrait photography. Not in flowers… Where could it be? I couldn’t get it. Why is it so hard to understand myself? It’s me, isn’t it?
When I first get to know street photographing, I was very excited. It became more and more clear to me that I am interested in catching candid moments. I particularly interested in either people’s expression or something I call a piece of art. With that knowledge, I moved to the next phase: I wanted to be as good as those street photographers I had admired for so long.
Well, let me jump to the conclusion: (1) You guys are so kind! You’ve helped me to learn something about myself! I can’t thank you enough! (2) Tree, Cee, and all of you were right. I am unique in my own way, and I should be satisfied (and happy) with that. And I am (I just didn’t know it.)
Now my new goal is: “be as good as I can”, not “be as good as you are” ;-). (What a relief! Ha!)