It is said that a good photograph is created with an expensive camera but I believe that a best photograph requires a fanatical observation.
When I reflect back at my childhood time, it reminds me of sitting by the river, observing the flow of water and the perfect placement of trees and stones at the bank and the huge mountains touching the sky, reading the story telling expressions on the face of an old man sitting outside a cottage looking at the fields, a group of innocent bare footed children playing in streets, a shepherd with a stick in his hand looking after his cattle and a hardworking woman holding a baby on her back while harvesting the crops; All these moments were always fascinating and were great source of attraction for me.
I always tried to express what I felt about the beauty of those epic scenes. Therefore, I started sketching as an earlier source of expression. It was the age of reel cameras and since I belong to a middle class family; it was difficult for me to get that camera for the sake of my interest. However, It is well said by Paulo Coelho “And, when you want something, the entire universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Having strong determination and attachment with the nature and utmost desire to capture it, I somehow managed to convince my father to buy me a Yashica reel camera. That was the biggest event of my life. I then initiated the hobby of freezing the spectacular moment of nature, humans and objects. With the passage of time and continuation of practice, I kept on working hard to improve my skills. Later on I switched to DSLR Camera and started reading theory of photography written by Scott kelby and Ansel Adams.
For many years the youth of Pakistan were not aware about the profession of photography. Most of them were assuming it as a low profile job limited to photo studio or to a cameramen standing at parks and amusement places. However, it is a very vast field and there are number of educational institutes which offer professional degree in photography. It is not always necessary that you get a career in your field of interest. As I pursue my career in medical and health sciences but my passion and interest is always associated with photography.
My message to the youth is that, never get disappointed upon failure, try again and again. If you are not a professional photographer but you have a passion for photography, then polish up your skills.
The writer is a young photographer from Hunza. Visit his FB page www.facebook.com/ThirdEyePhotowork and Blog www.thirdeyeproduction.wordpress.com.
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