Why I Hate And Love Photography

I love and hate taking pictures.

The moment and mood have to be just right for me to enjoy the process and to be satisfied with my pictures once they are taken. This past weekend I took a lot of pictures and I realized something about myself through the process: I like taking pictures when I plan a photo shoot, but hate taking pictures when I’m trying capture the spontaneity of a moment.  I love planning an adventure around photos, but hate planning photos around adventure. There are just so many moments that are impossible to capture completely (a sunrise, the stars, the red sky as the sunset, etc…), but at the same time there are some moments that were meant to be captured (silly and sentimental moments that you want to remember).

And I’m learning that there are some moments I desire to leave alone, and other moments I want to capture as markers to remember life by.

Below are some photos from this weekend’s photo shoot:

What is your opinion about taking photos?


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About Jeremiah Dowling

I write poetry and take crazy pictures in an Orange Chair all over the United States while reading amazing books.

2 responses to “Why I Hate And Love Photography”

  1. Jofelyn M. Khapra says :

    So true! So much of the experience is lost by documenting it with photos. One have to enjoy and be lost in exploration without the need of capturing every single detail in a snapshot. I try to take photos on down time as an after thought only so as not to interrupt the moment.

    • thestorymovement says :

      I like the idea of taking pictures as an afterthought! I like going to a place without a plan in mind. Exploring and then going back to take pictures when I’m done exploring, and if the exploring turns out being more exciting than the idea of taking photos, I just won’t take any.

      But yeah I totally get the idea of trying not to interrupt the moment! I used to be really bad at trying to remember a moment before the moment was over (that I might write about it later), but I’m learning that things that are worth remembering will be remembered…

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