A couple of months ago, my father asked me about my interest in photography.
“What is it that you like about it?”
“What will you do with these pictures?”
“All this time that you invest in it can be put to better use, don’t you think?”
For a brief moment, a passage from a Pierce Brosnan Bond movie (yes, I know…) crosses my mind and the megalomaniac media baron Elliot Carver (brilliant actor Jonathan Pryce) explains: “When I was sixteen, I went to work for a newspaper in Hong Kong. It was a rag, but the editor taught me one important lesson. The key to a great story is not who, or what, or when, but why.”
So why photography?
Life is a matter of choices and priorities and we only have a finite amount of time and energy at our disposal.
What drives us?
In the world of finance, things go fast.
In order to maintain a certain degree of sanity, sport has always been an effective way to disconnect and recharge after long days mostly spent inside a building and without much movement.
At the end of summer 2014 though, I contracted a shoulder injury and was put on hold for months.
No more intensive sport activities.
No more sleeping on the right side.
Reaching items stored above shoulder level suddenly became something to anticipate.
Overhead throwing motions felt (and still feel) like an impossible thing to do.
Alongside Mandarin classes, photography became my new favorite pursuit outside of my regular occupation since it not only allowed me to tap into something entirely new but also pulled me out of my routine. It also triggered a change of perspective and I soon found myself looking at my environment in a very different manner. Furthermore, I realized that “painting with light” can be very relaxing. And addictive. Once you start it’s hard to stop.
But photography is also an additional form of expression. It shows rather than explains. Powerful imagery can inspire.
As the idea of a personal blog turned into something more concrete, incorporating visual elements and imagery became an evidence.
We live in frantic modern times. Things go fast today. Just like finance. And nothing speaks faster than an image. And if someone wants to uncover what’s below the surface, the text awaits.
That’s why photography.
I am still looking forward to the day my doc will green-light me of course.
That day cannot come fast enough.