Iden­tity and Think­ing Process

Indonesia Expat - - News From The Archipelago -

I didn’t in­stantly love pho­tog­ra­phy. To be hon­est, I’ve only be­gun my pho­tog­ra­phy jour­ney last year and to this day I am still strug­gling to de­scribe my­self as a pho­tog­ra­pher. How­ever, the idea of em­bark­ing on this path came to me when I was work­ing in a sim­i­lar in­dus­try. At first, I was in­volved in graphic de­sign; it was dur­ing my high school days. Yet, I had al­ways been in awe with pho­tog­ra­phy, and I al­ways un­der­stood it. Per­haps, it ex­tracted my true cre­ative spirit the same way as graphic de­sign. I was noth­ing more than a ca­sual ob­server then.

That changed en­tirely on the ad­vent of smart­phone and so­cial me­dia tech­nol­ogy. By the time I had an An­droid [phone] and set up my own In­sta­gram ac­count, I re­al­ized there was noth­ing else that could stop me from tak­ing and shar­ing photos. What I did not see com­ing was a wealth of op­por­tu­nity for me to ex­hibit my work, in ex­change for a gen­er­ous amount of re­ward. I re­mem­ber the ex­treme joy I had over win­ning a few In­sta­gram photo con­tests, which won me a bunch of free stuff: a get­away trip, an iPhone, and a mir­ror­less cam­era that I still use to­day.

I’m still tech­ni­cally a pho­tog­ra­pher, yet I also de­vote my­self to dif­fer­ent kinds of work. I quite en­joy work­ing as a free­lance con­tent writer. And with ex­pe­ri­ence in graphic de­sign and ra­dio broad­cast­ing, it is safe to say that I was meant to take up a ca­reer in the cre­ative in­dus­try. Like sim­i­lar kinds of work in the cre­ative in­dus­try, pho­tog­ra­phy not only al­lows you to sat­isfy your artis­tic side; but also learn to prop­erly plan, man­age your time, and make sure you in­vest your time and en­ergy to pre­pare. It re­quires more thought pro­cesses than any­one ex­pects.

While I may not be able to pro­vide a de­fin­i­tive ex­pla­na­tion to pho­tog­ra­phy, I do know one thing that’s cer­tain. Pho­tog­ra­phy comes from the heart. You should not wait for the next tech in­ven­tion to help you out. Start with what you have to­day.

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