Girl with a camera

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Niketa Dave

Hands are hands to the common eye, but my lens allows me to see them as symbols of everything from aging, to unity, caring, loving, and even a cry for help

In times, we often see things, but we don’t really capture what is beyond it. In some cases, there are people who are artistic and are prone to see what others cannot visualise. Every individual has a talent which can be expressed and processed differently.

I have a simple question for you. Why do you enjoy photography? When I first asked myself this question, I thought, “Well, it’s obvious, isn’t it? It’s what I do for a living! I never get tired of picking up my camera and “going to work.” But this doesn’t really answer the question, does it? It just states that I enjoy photography.

So I decided to go a little deeper, back to the beginning. I really got serious about photography when I bought my first DSLR camera. Before that camera I casually photographed friends and flowers with my manual camera, but the world of digital really opened my eyes to what was possible with photography. I had this little camera that fit in my pocket that I could take with me anywhere. Compared to film, I could take a seemingly unlimited number of photos of anything that I wanted. This meant lots of photos of friends and flowers.

“Photography was now becoming a way of expressing myself. Excitement rushed through my veins as the teacher would announce my name for the best photo of the week”

My husband says, “A life without art is not a life”, and so he always encouraged me to develop my photography hobby and he has been a great support throughout. In 2014, I decided to start photography professionally and I started focusing more on learning. I have done many online courses from the best photographers from all around the world. And in 2015 I started my photography business.

To begin with, photography appeared to me as something entertaining a simple step in which I would just explore nature, experiment with light and tonal effects and capture the beauty around me.

Each week, I would strive to get the best comment of criticism and the best photo of the week. Every day we were intellectually taught about the different principles of photography; for me it wasn’t a hassle to learn it; it was more of an excitement a new adventure.

As I became increasingly fascinated with photography, a burning passion became to increase inside of me. The need to take photographs was captivating; not only was it for a grade, but an escape I used to drown my feelings. Photography was now becoming a way of expressing myself. Excitement rushed through my veins as the teacher would announce my name for the best photo of the week; an unforgettable feeling that would fulfil my ambition and made me feel like a virtuoso. After the end of the first semester, I began to feel as if a transformation begun inside of me. A transformation that began as a passion and turned into an obsession. The plain and ordinary objects of everyday life carried a whole new meaning; a spellbinding sensation that would make me fathom the double meaning of life.

“I enjoy capturing beautiful images of people. The human experience is dynamic, unique and wholly unpredictable—it’s an exciting challenge to explore it through photography. Capturing life through my lens brings me joy”

For example, hands are hands to the common eye, but to me they became symbols of everything from aging, to unity, caring, loving, and even a cry for help.

I enjoy capturing beautiful images of people. The human experience is dynamic, unique and wholly unpredictable—it’s an exciting challenge to explore it through photography. Capturing life through my lens brings me joy. I love to see the expressions on faces as they see their images for the first time. I really love what I do and I spend a lot of time refining, perfecting, and even obsessing over my work… it is a passion.

I enjoy photography because it has given me the opportunity to share in people’s most special moments on a regular basis.

I enjoy photography because it has caused me to fall in love with light and see the world around me with fresh eyes every single day. And sometimes, when the mood is right, I just sit back and enjoy the moment without taking a photo.

Do you want to try it?

 

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