What is photography?

Hello guys!

This is a first part of my new blog dedicated to those, who want to learn photography from the inside out and start getting paid for the thing we love to do.

Reading different articles and watching youtube for the last several years I always had this question in my head – there are tons of different authors, channels about photography, lots of random videos about everything you could imagine, but can they really get you from the point where most of new photographers are – from the process of taking random photos with low production value not knowing what they actually do, having no clients to the point where you’re booked for two years ahead.

In this new series I will lead you through all questions and realisations I went through in my career and was asked by different photographers. And let’s start from the fundamental question – WHY?

Why people are so obsessed with photography, especially in the age of social media. We all have fears, fear is the main reason human society exist and what drives us and the basic fear is a fear of death, subconsciously we all know that one day we’ll pass away, we don’t really like to think about it, we put these thoughts as far as we can out of our everyday life, but since this fear is still active we project it on our actions and beliefs.

We want to be saved, we want to be preserved somehow, we want to stop the time for at least a second and one of the easiest ways to do it is thru photography – we capture somebody’s image, we see our captured image and it makes us feel safer, feel more alive, timeless.

Any form of art do exactly this – make us feel. The more we feel interacting with a piece of art the more we enjoy it. More emotions – more feelings – more attachment – more value. 

Why people are so obsessed with photography, especially in the age of social media. We all have fears, fear is the main reason human society exist and what drives us and the basic fear is a fear of death, subconsciously we all know that one day we’ll pass away, we don’t really like to think about it, we put these thoughts as far as we can out of our everyday life, but since this fear is still active we project it on our actions and beliefs.

We want to be saved, we want to be preserved somehow, we want to stop the time for at least a second and one of the easiest ways to do it is thru photography – we capture somebody’s image, we see our captured image and it makes us feel safer, feel more alive, timeless.

Any form of art do exactly this – make us feel. The more we feel interacting with a piece of art the more we enjoy it. More emotions – more feelings – more attachment – more value. 

I was coming to this realization for years, at first trying to replicate somebody’s photos, then trying to Photoshop them as much as possible to make them more beautiful, learning new and more complicated light schemes, and then realized that all this doesn’t matter if there’s no emotion, especially in wedding photography😇