For quite some time now, I have been considering to buy a camera and make photography as my hobby. When I have stumbled upon the works of Mihaela Noroc on The Atlast of Beauty, I have been inspired to actually begin ‘doing’ photography as oppose to simply ‘thinking’ of doing it.
Aesthetically speaking, although I do not have any professional knowledge whatsoever when it comes to photography and therefore not in the position to judge her works, I can nonetheless say that the photographs she published are profoundly and extraordinarily beautiful.
Aside from aesthetics, each photograph also represents rich narratives from the perspectives of those women who have been photographed. Through creating a space in her project, in which women could also speak, women are not objectified by the lens but rather has wielded the lens in order to assert their subjectivity.
I would also like to do something similar to what Mihaela Noroc does. I want to employ beautifully captured images in order to articulate and map complex narratives worth telling. With that in mind, I went to the store last week and despite of my limited budget, I bought that camera that I have been already checking for months.
I do not know what my project will be and the path ahead that I am about to take, but I am quite sure that I would like to accomplish a project in the near future. Now that I have the equipment, I went to Amsterdam yesterday, and spent an hour or two exploring the city to practice photography.
The task I have given myself is to look at Amsterdam the way a tourist would look at it. This is also a great opportunity to take a break for a while away from my writing project.
I did not have any formal education when it comes to photography. I do not even know how to wield the tool in my possession in the first place. Taking pictures is a lot more difficult than it looks. None of the photographs I took has an X-Factor. They are banal, but hopefully, I will find the meaning as I go along.
Suffice to say that I do not have any natural talent in photography, but it does not mean that I will not be able to cultivate it. Even though none of the pictures I took truly impressed me, I quite enjoyed myself yesterday pretending to be a professional photographer who is in in the middle of a huge project. You know what they say: ‘fake it until you make it’.
But I certainly hope that my camera will not only bring me to places but also serves as my Talisman! At least, it has brought me to Amsterdam yesterday and felt very lucky. I was a different person. I was a photographer.