The Joy of Photography

K Madhavan Pillai

K Madhavan Pillai

One of the greatest joys of photography is in the fact that it allows the serious practitioner to approach a subject in an almost meditative manner. For someone immersed in the act of making a frame, time loses all meaning outside of the camera. But inside the viewfinder, a lifetime of images can be compressed into a few seconds worth of exposures. For a photographer, life is within these fleeting moments, and sharing these moments with a viewer is akin to sharing a lifetime. Can you imagine a more profound relationship than that of a photographer and a viewer?

There are, of course, other reasons why photography is now the world’s most popular hobby. Nowadays, digital cameras are available almost everywhere and are reasonably inexpensive. Even the humble cell phone camera can make a good picture. With the coming of age of digital technology, images can be made and communicated with relative ease. An interesting perspective can be easily conveyed, and is also usually appreciated, when it is in the form of a visual.

More than this, photography is a healthy hobby. It engages both body and mind, and keeps them active. It trains our eye to look for the smallest details and helps us ‘see’ the bigger picture. It is amongst the more environment-friendly hobbies too.

Finally, it is said that memories maketh the man. If our memories are who we are, then photography helps to preserve the very essence of our being. Captured moments do not simply serve as a remembrance or for posterity. If it allows somebody else to see what we have seen, this is the biggest sharing of all.

This article originally appeared in the July 2014 issue of Better Photography.

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