Why I love photography

Sometimes people ask me why I am so passionate about taking pictures. If they wanted to have a one-sentence answer, this was definitely the wrong question to ask.

I have always been a curious person, and taking a closer look at things was always in my very nature. Photography has given me an opportunity to capture the world through my eyes and make people see what I consider stunning, what attracts my attention, and what touches my heart.

Photography constantly changes how I see the world. Going out into the street and being able to see colors, shapes, architecture, flowers, people, and happenings no one else pays attention to makes the world a bigger place for me. As a photographer, you have access to viewing the world from various angles—a different perspective of beautiful.

I have always been an adventurous person. Photography challenges me to change perspective—not only while taking pictures but also in viewing the world. Isn’t it always about perspective? Everyone sees the world around them a little differently and has another perspective of the world. To me, it is the most interesting thing to get to know as many perspectives as possible.

In a world which is governed by stress and speed, photography has given me a possibility to take a step back and inhale the presence of a special moment. Photography opens up a whole new world for me—a world rich of smells, impressions, and sounds. Photography ignites the passion in me to truly immerse myself in my surroundings.

I have always been a person who was very fond of memories. Photography gives me the opportunity to truly indulge in the present while capturing the future past. For this moment, when I capture pictures, my thoughts are focused only on this perfect moment I find myself in. There is much more beauty in everyday life than one might think. Beauty is omnipresent in places and in people. We just have to take a closer look.

I have never been the traveler to buy ridiculous little statues to put somewhere or who has to have something typical of the country travelled to. Rather, for me, the best souvenir is a photo, because it can contain so many personal feelings. Photography stirs emotions: cheerfulness, contentment, nervousness, motivation, or sympathy. Photography connects me to the people around me.

But what I value the most is that photography allows me to be myself. Photography inspires me to travel to places I have never been and try things I have never tried. Photography makes me smile on days when I need it.

Photography is my passion.

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” – Elliott Erwitt

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My Heart, My Life – in Genoa, Italy

“Living in Italy, enjoying Mediterranean air and cuisine, and experiencing the Italian way of life.” For some people it will always be a dream, for me this dream came true for five months.

I did my semester abroad in the beautiful city of Genoa (Italian: Genova). The Università degli studi di Genova was the place where I pursued my academic goals and the city and its surroundings was my playground when it came to one of my greatest hobbies: Photography.

Now you know why I am posting pictures of Genoa and other cities in this area.

Enjoy.

A travel story – Postcards from Tuscany

Dear travelers, photographers and Italy-lovers,

Last weekend I got to travel around Italy a little more. I left Genova, the city I currently live and study in, and took the train down south to Tuscany. Equipped with my camera, an empty SD card and two full batteries, I got on a train to Pontedera where I met with my friends Silvia and Giulio. I spent three days with both of my wonderful friends I had the pleasure of meeting in San Diego, California in 2006. San Diego was the city we all fell in love with and it was also the city where they fell in love with each other. Only 5 years later they are now engaged and have a wonderful little girl of six months, called Gemma.

The Italian hospitality is something everyone will experience once they travel to Italy. You’ll be given so much food which tastes so amazing that you won’t be able to stop eating. Italian hosts will also go out of their way to make your stay as memorable as possible.

On Saturday afternoon they took me to see the small town of Lucca, which is well known for it’s Renaissance-era city walls. Strolling through the city, you can see and feel the Medieval influence. It’s an enchanting place one must see on a trip to Tuscany. It’s an incredible feeling walking on the city walls and thinking of just how old everything is. Even though it was the end of November, we were blessed with incredible weather for the whole weekend.

Sunday we took a day trip to Volterra, an important historical Etruscan center. Volterra might also ring a bell for Twilight-fans. It’s an important place in the books written by Stephenie Meyers. Volterra as the home to the Volturi.
Aside from being mentioned in the Twilight-series, Volterra has much to offer. The town is up a hill and the view is dazzling. I will always remember the feeling I had overlooking the ample hills covered in light fog and illuminated by the warm and comforting autumn sun.

Monday was the day I left, and on my way home I stopped by Pisa. I was walking around the sweet town, which was quite empty during this time of the year, considering that “The Leaning Tower” is the most googled sight in the whole world (according to an Italian guy who randomly started talking to me while I was taking pictures—-yes, this will happen to you when you travel around Italy by yourself… as a woman who doesn’t look so Italian).
The most interesting thing you can do in Pisa is eating ice cream and watching people trying to get funny pictures with the tower. It’s just incredible how stupid a person can look, if watched from the right angle.

In a nutshell: If you ever get to travel to Italy, don’t miss out on these picture-perfect places, even though famous cities like Florence and Siena are talked about more often on travel and photography blogs.

Enjoy my photography!

Arrivederci,

Melanie