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