Chasing a Dream Copyright Carla Coulson
Since taking up photography, learning the techniques has been a steep curve but one of the greatest discoveries is what the great master photography had to teach me about myself.
Photography allowed the poet out. Have you ever felt there was something you always wanted to say but you never had the courage to say it? I did and photography is the way I learnt to say it and then the words followed there after..
Photography taught me to really look at life. When you are behind a camera you are observing all the fine detail of life, the way someone rests their head on a shoulder, the touch of hands, the depth in a colour, the way the wind picks up a skirt and makes it move, the colour of the sky at different times of day, it’s as though life is a big screen and you are looking in macro.
Photography taught me to be patient. Once upon a time I wanted it yesterday and anyone that has picked up a camera knows that photography is all about waiting and if you wait and learn to be patient you will get the good stuff! Photography invites you to slow down.
Photography taught me to feel. Well I guess we all could say we feel but photography begs you to feel the language of people especially when you don’t speak the same language. An old man crossing the road where age has taken it’s toll on his bent back, the way two people hold each other as though they never want to let go or a windy road that leads to who knows where. To the untrained eye this is life to a photographer they are emotions.
Photography held the mirror up. Looking through viewfinder at other people’s lives invites you to reflect on yours. Who am I and what am I doing? I love that photography makes me ask myself this question.
What has photography taught you about yourself?