Photography: shooting my way through life

by Marija
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“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” 

― Ansel Adams

[dropcap]P[/dropcap]hotography is one of those things that always sparks passion in me. I love looking at the photography. I love learning about it but above all, I love taking photographs and imagining they will one day change the world.

Ok, maybe not the world. That’s a bit overreaching, I agree! But I’d be happy if my photos could at least show people around me how beautiful the world is if they only dared to stop and look.

 

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
― Marc Riboud

 

Looking into the world through a lens is magical. You try to see patterns, to find the best angle, to beautify and maybe even dramatize the things you see. And just like in any other profession, you never stop learning. You take photos, then you forget about them. A few years later, you run into the old photo folder and you pick out few gems, but mostly you realize how much your eye has changed. How much YOU have changed and the way you see the world.

All the things you’ve learned, all the books you’ve read, all the places you’ve traveled — they have all influenced you tremendously so. And just from the constant trial and error, of shooting bad photos and shooting good photos, you learn and you grow. And you evolve.

I’ve never been a person who likes when things come easy. Where’s the challenge in that?  I want to fight and fall down, dust myself up and continue working hard because when I finally do something right, my sense of accomplishment is greater.

Sometimes I feel that learning about what interests me is the same as fighting in the gladiator ring 😛 my butt gets handed to me more times than I care to admit, but in the end, if I am persistent about it, I may just come out on top. Or go back to practicing some more. 😛 Don’t forget that we are never fighting others — our biggest opponent is our self, and boy, can we defeat ourselves on a bad day (or year). My photography is just like that, and at the moment, I’m fighting myself to start learning and practicing again. It’s been a while and it’s about time I shake off the dusty equipment.

Anyhow, here are the few photos from the trip to Florence I took with my husband and friends just after our wedding. I haven’t been photographing much since, I’m afraid. Not with my camera (Nikon d90) at least. I guess I was feeling out of sorts.

Last year happened to be so challenging for me, as I’m sure it was for many other people. I was completely lost in space, you may say. I felt as if all odds were stacked against me and no matter what I did, I would be the one walking away with my head down. Thankfully, in all that craziness, my one constant was that my other passion – my horse – provided much-needed strength and source of positivity to get over everything else. Thank the Heavens that when one passion fails, other one is there to get me moving 🙂

Luckily, with 2017 behind me and the slate clean, the passion and wish to continue to take photos and to just learn are back in full power. So expect more photography from me from now on 🙂 it’s this year’s goal.

 

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

Walking through the city and exploring

Street leading to Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence

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