Amateur Photographers - Why Do We Do It ...... Really

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  1. Grandpa Ron

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    Photography is one of several hobbies I have acquired over the years. They are all pleasant pastimes and quite diverse. The common denominator is I enjoy perusing them.


     
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    The desire to create something that will live beyond me.
     
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    I have always loved wildlife and for me with my photography, turned it into a serious hobby since my retirement.
     
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    As a full time professional photographer, I don't think this is my job. It's something I love to do and I just happen to get paid for it. Before I got paid to do what I do, the idea of translating my imagination into something that others can see is amazing. Over time, it becomes so precise that it is even better than what I have in my own head. It's a lot more fun when that happens.
     
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    Because I can't draw. Also, I like the smell of film.
     
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    Maybe because i was a artistic student in school.. in kindergarden i painted the tee pees we made for american indian study with deer and buffalo and horses... everyone was impressed... since i was not a very outgoing student and i did not seem to excel in anything else like my art.... It became my expression and my way of dealing with all the peer pressure we face as a kid .. so now photography brings this enjoyment to me again with capturing all the beauty and things we take for granted.. gives me a really artistic feeling in my life again since my art mostly was of animals.. and nature.. my photos have given me much pleasure..so much like my long ago art.
     
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    1. Why do people play music on the weekend? They aren't going to get gigs or make money. We do this because we like getting better at something, we like mastery. And for some of us, the "mastery" element is a critical piece.

    2. It's creative. Some people paint. Others throw pots. We make photographs.

    3. It's fun. Fun for different reasons (go new places, go cool places, meet interesting people, see the world from a different perspective).

    4. And I agree with Derrel's response of something that will outlive him.
     
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    For me it started in a darkroom in the house I grew up in. My dad would take me down and show me what he did. He was semi-professional.

    I was fascinated at taking the photos, developing the negatives, and prints - black and white. So many mistakes that when that one photo came out as imagined, it was magic.

    I have to be honest that digital has spoiled me. It has probably made me lazy in developing this craft. 200 captures producing maybe 20 useful sports images.

    After taking it semi serious for 35 years, I’m now trying to look more closely at my process. Take more time and have more patience in learning.

    I don’t see myself going pro. I do it for me. I don’t want the pressure of pleasing others with my work.


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