Emotional Truth

Look at me, what do you see? (DSCF0290)

What should be the direction of my photography? I’m constantly asking myself. Catching the moment, is that it? No, to me, it is way more than that.

Looking through my photos, most of them  (except for photos with my daughter) that I took are just for myself. I wasn’t trying to please anyone, but to explain the world to myself. To find peace, to find beauty, to find love, to find me.

Photography to me is a journey of finding emotional truth. I am opening my arms to entering the world through it.

Free of mind does not require free of time

twisted mind

“I wish I have more time to learn and improve my photography skills.” This is my constant complain.

I have too much work to do, I need to take care of my girl, I need to cook, I need to do the laundries, I need to go shopping, etc. How can I ever had any free time to do anything else? Are these the true reasons that I stop taking photos or just excuses?

When I first got into photography, I just simply wanted to take pretty photos, mainly to take photos of my daughter. Later on, it became more and more personal. When I looked through the view finder of the camera, I could see a reflection of another soul who has been trapped inside of my body. I could feel this soul wanted to jump out when I captured an image. This soul that I have noticed long time ago since I was very young, it has no gender, nor color, not in any forms, but full of anger and crazy thoughts. it wants to  run, to fight, to scream, to explode, but mostly wants to SEE and COMMUNICATE. It wants to be released. This is the reason, fear to open myself and find out who I really am. So I just stop.

The best composition is to make the importance to be seen.

Edward Weston defined good composition as “the strongest way of seeing”.

The art of photography is to make the mind of the photographer and viewers to fly and to breathe together. In order to achieve this, the photographer has to willingly open up and show with completely honest. This is the barrier that stop me from keep moving and improving. Indeed, free of mind does not require free of time, but willingness, and I am ready for it.

Photography is not simply the act of picking up a camera, pointing it at something, and pressing the shutter. It is a process of thoughtful consideration of your own point of view overlaid upon the scene. It requires creative thinking, which is not easy.  – < The Art of Photography > by  Bruce Barnbaum