Photography is the art, application, and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either electronically using an image sensor or chemically utilizing a light-sensitive material such as photographic film.
From her perspective, an ‘amateur click’ is ‘something’ that she witnesses in the present moment.
A ‘professional click’ is ‘something’ clicked in the present moment from the viewer’s perspective.
A professional photographer is ‘someone’ who has learned the technicalities of graphing photos.
He knows his art or craft and has ‘sufficient experience,’ but he may or may not necessarily enjoys the process.
A novice is ‘someone’ who doesn’t know the technicalities of graphing the photos, but she enjoys the process.
A novice enjoys every moment while learning the art and every form of the craft without caring much about mistakes and corrections.
She ‘enjoys it.
So, suppose you’re interested in having ‘random clicks’ to capture the moments as they are in their ‘original form’ without any twist or turn, editing, or modification to re-present the Reality as it is, as you witnessed the moment, then for you, this article ‘may be’ helpful.
Every photograph is ‘unique’ in its sense as it is the projection of the photographer’s mind ( the person who freezes the frame )
and her experiences till the very moment when she clicked that picture. It’s an ‘individual’ perspective, and that’s the ‘uniqueness’ of the image…
To her mind, the same picture for a viewer is a ‘total view’ of her experience and journey’ until that moment.
That’s the ‘uniqueness’ of the picture, too…
When we add the word professional in front of the photograph, it loses its uniqueness and becomes the subject of judgment on specific theories, rules, and quality parameters.
For a viewer, it’s unique because it can be explained in more than a thousand words to release the emotions of her experiences during her journey and can vary from viewer to viewer.
For a photographer, it’s unique because she has ‘experience,’ and it doesn’t matter whether she is experienced or not; she is releasing something inside her, which will always be the same for her.
She will always be the witness to the beautiful moments that are now part of her life.
Now for her, they are not just random clicks; they are a story that can be narrated through pictures without using a single word.
For her, they’re not just pics but ‘expressions of the realization’ that can’t be ‘expressed in words.’
Most of us feel shame and guilt for our past mistakes. It feels terrible, but still, we abuse ourselves for not behaving in a certain way that could’ve produced better results.
We keep criticizing our younger selves who didn’t take the steps required for self-growth. This act of abuse and criticism becomes a habit, and we keep playing the same drama for our whole life.
We don’t understand the simple truth that the person we’re abusing and criticizing didn’t have the knowledge and experience to act in any other way. She did her best with the wisdom she had at that time. Our responsibility is to correct those mistakes by cleaning out the mess created by years of wrong perceptions, attitudes, and beliefs.
This is the moment where transformation is possible. We can forgive ourselves and forget all those thoughts that corrupted our nature. We can tell ourselves a new story of love and gratitude. We can start a new life of beauty and perfection by following the natural rhythm of the Universe.
It can produce great results even if you’re a lifetime failure; the brain you’ve been gifted from the Universe is intelligent and creative. Start using this complex human machine to create something unique.
What about writing about something special about yourself?
You’ve constantly abused and criticized yourself. Right now, grab a piece of paper and pen. Start writing about your blessings and strengths. Mention down all points that make you unique. It may not be your birthday but still, celebrate this day as the special one.
Give yourself another chance to perform better. Who knows, today is the end of the life you hate you live. Tomorrow may bring out a new promise, but for that, you must prepare yourself, and for that, you’ve to become free of the shame and guilt you’re carrying. You’ve to forgive yourself. Can you do that?
It’s neither clever work nor hard work that determines our success. It’s commitment and consistency that produces the result over time. Observe the successful people in any field; they don’t do anything exceptional except keep practicing till the work becomes their second nature.
When we commit to something with conviction and practice, it becomes our second nature, and there is no distinction between self-identity and work. We can go to any extent to protect our identity; because of this feature, we can take risks that others can’t dare.
It’s important to engage ourselves fully with the work. The more we get involved in becoming part of the work better is our fluency and the fewer the chances to commit a mistake. Further, we’re open to criticism and use it as feedback instead of getting frustrated, and the result is an improvement.
We keep on growing naturally and finally achieve the flow state, where we become an instrument of the infinite that performs the activity. Still, the inspiration and intelligence are of a higher power. We fall in love with the work and enjoy it freely.
For others, we become the center of focus, but we know that we did nothing except commit to consistently keeping going with the flow.
The market dominates everything. The customer is the king. We can’t determine anything. Hence, we must be humble enough to listen to the voice of the customer.
Irrespective of the level of our smartness we can’t be sure about the sale of our products and services. We rely on the market’s response. Consistently we’ve to adjust our nature according to the market’s mood.
In short, there is no need to exaggerate your intelligence and brag about anything. Listen to the market. It will whisper in your ears about the next move.
Ikigai is a Japanese word which when translated to English, literally means “a motivating force; something or someone that gives a person a sense of purpose or a reason for living”.
Have you ever cared to quest the answer of this question that why most of the people in our society are anxious and depressed?
What is the problem?
Why the majority of population lives under the umbrella of fear, shame and guilt?
People don’t know what they want…
...They are anxious because of the fact that they are doing “something else” for “someone else”
What and whom they hate…
…That’s not fair
You must have to do the work for that you’ve been made…
God, the Beloved crafted you in her own image not to wander here and there…
…Doing a tedious work with whom you don’t like
That can’t be called a Life where you’re struggling for few pieces of currency notes and bits of digital digits on the screen…
You must have to find a meaningful and purposeful work that you love to do and working for those who care about you and your family, not superficially but truly.
You must have to find your Ikigai. Am I clear or not?