I couldn’t count how many times I’ve been asked this question. But it’s a question I’d never get tired to answer.
But before that let me introduce myself – I’m Mo. I’m just like any of the New Yorker guys you bump into every day. But unlike many, I love to see the world through the lens.
I’ve been a freelance photographer for a few years now. And my God! You just don’t know how much I’m passionate about my craft!
So, back to the question: Why the heck do I love photography?
There are too many reasons I can think of, but let me just give you a few things many will be able to relate to.
See the world in a whole different perspective
For most of us, everyday life can be very boring. Things almost seem very common and repetitive. But the world is entirely different when you see it through the lens! Just last week, I was asked to take photos of an indoor garden.
For those who are not into photography, perhaps, the LED lights (like the ones found at Plantozoid.com) may be an unsightly thing to see in an almost perfect view. But looking through the lens of my camera, the light adds crispness and value to the scene. With the right angle and composition, the images look very live and powerful. Photography has changed the way I see the world!
Meet amazing people
I’ve met countless interesting people through photography. But I’m not talking about celebrities or high profile individuals. I’ve learned that you don’t have to travel far to meet the best people in the world. It turns out that the most interesting people are the average guys and gals who surround our every daily lives. Each has a unique story to tell that we hardly know. When you take their photos, you get to know them on a deeper level and you can always find inspiration in their stories.
Capture memories and history
What better way to immortalize memories than photos? Everything in this world is fleeting. The smiles, the laughter, the tears. Everything happens in just a flick of an eye. In photography, you get to capture these events and immortalize them forever. You can go back and relish all the good (and hopefully not, the bad) memories in your life.
Travel and experience the world
As a freelance photographer, I’ve been to different parts of the country and experienced different things. My most recent gig – photographing an indoor garden with all its weird looking plasma grow light – was shot in an ultra modern facility. I know I wouldn’t be able to get inside such a building if not for photography.
Through photography, I’ve travelled the US for free and even with income. I’ve attended a lot of festivals and events. I’ve enjoyed each and every second touring and seeing different parts of our country. What could be better than that?
Lastly, what I love most about photography is that it lets me be more appreciative of life. Photography is life! It’s my passion! And I’ll never get tired answering this million-dollar question.