Blogging 101 Challenge – Why Do I Admire Photography? 

  
Is this quote true or is entirely fanaticised by myth? Whilst I’ll leave you to judge your opinions, I’ll leave you, in this instalment of the Blogging 101 month challenge, why photography has become one of my great hobbies. I’ll explain how this passion of mine began, what I’ve learned over the past few years about photography and what it may lead to in the future. 

My History of Photography

Photography is a big deal, especially with my family. In the past and present, I have three amazing family members who are skilful photographers, but both of them haven’t had careers in this area. They are my maternal grandfather, my father and Ann (my cousin from the Waiting For A Rainbow series). 

When I was growing up, I remember my mother saying to me that my grandfather adored photography. But he had an obsession of photographing buildings. Although he liked it, my mother, uncle and auntie didn’t. I never knew my grandfather or seen his pictures of the buildings he took; after his death, my mother, uncle and auntie dealt with them and they maybe lost forever. However, that didn’t me seeing the two other people in my life flashing away picture after picture in my lifetime.

My father, especially in my teen years, was always taking pictures of family gatherings, animals and recording footage of special moments. It’s like we had our own, modern photographer. While I was growing up, digital cameras and mobile phones were becoming fashionable. And watching him, switching from a large cannon to a handy lens on his Apple iPhone 4; it was like fashion models being transformed from old, ragged clothes in a charity shop to shining stars in the night sky. When I was older, my father gave me a chance to learn to photograph. Since then, I’ve been taking pictures, non-stop. I even to a photography class with him last summer at Paradise Wildlife Park, near North London where we learned how to take pictures of the animals. 

As for Ann, we are picture pals – every time we go out, the two of us wouldn’t stop taking pictures, especially selfies of each other. It’s wonderful to have a picture pal, not only because it’s fun, but you get to swap and keep each other’s photos. 

It’s exciting that photography can change for your lifestyle and it certainly did for me. 

What Have I Learned Over Photography In My Life So Far?

Since I was a child, I thought a camera was an unsual shape and pictures were magic, like the moving pictures in the Harry Potter film series. Growing up with photography has made me realise how much I wanted a turn to borrow one camera or get out my phone. Then, I would click and flash away. 

Photographic devices have changed over the last three decades. Camera lenses have become smaller, and cameras themselves have become smaller and smaller. The world is changing with more options and varieties of photographic art; this is certainly the case for me. I love the arts and participating in them; photography was one of them. In real life and classes like the zoological photograph day, I’ve learned that taking pictures isn’t for a career nor just for a hobby. It’s for a passion – a passion for sharing, like an author, finalising their novel. 

Life is beautiful and it only takes a second to capture Mother Nature and the wonders of her creations. 

  
                                                                                                                           Picasso by Cory Smith

What Will Photography Lead Into the Future?

Who knows? Maybe we’ll see new camera designs, new lens to capture further distances or have tiny devices with cameras that are the size of a finger nail. Only time will tell. For now, we can wait and enjoy what we’ve got. 
What do you think of photography? What’s your favourite picture you took? Or from someone else? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Waiting For A Rainbow – 30th April – Part II

Note: This entry is a day late; this was due to Internet problems last night. I’m really sorry about that, but I hope you enjoy reading Part II. 🙂

‘Happy Birthday’.

‘“Happy Birthday”?’ I was confused; what on earth was she talking about?

‘You better ring your parents and tell them you’re coming home late, Georgina’.

‘What? Why?’

‘You’re going to see “Disney on Ice” for your birthday’.

I was so shocked; I couldn’t believe it. Ann said she kept the show as a secret since Christmas and I knew nothing about it. We went to see the last show and loved every second of it; there was brilliant ice-skating, dancing and tons of visual effects including fireworks and glow lights. What’s more, the show was inclusive as the audience were allowed to sing along, dance and have fun. I won’t give too much away, expect the movies that were featured were The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Beauty and the Beast and Frozen. Ann and I had a blast and we didn’t want the show to end; there’s no such thing as being too old for Disney!

Songs #4 & #5: I See the Light from ‘Tangled’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLSrOijxFKQ and Let It Go from Frozen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-EZNWeei9Q

 

These songs were in the ‘Disney On Ice’ Show, but I think these songs have a special meaning to me; I See the Light explains positive outcomes and hopes for the future, as I am coming towards, seeing the light. Let It Go was one of the songs that helped me get through my heartbreak a year ago and it helped me become a stronger person. And I sang along to it, because I wanted to! 🙂    

 

Yesterday, I had a small gathering with my close friends at Drama school. After our afternoon lesson (which was Home Education), I brought out cake, chocolate and sweets. We all had a bite and a chat and sang S Club 7 songs. The small party lasted until the early evening and we all had a wonderful time; there weren’t many people around and two of my friends were angry that most of our peers couldn’t be bothered to celebrate or wish me a ‘happy birthday’. But I didn’t care; I learned that I didn’t need a big party to be liked or admired. All I needed was to invite those who were close to me and show everyone that I was having a good time. It’s a wonderful life lesson, one which I will never, ever forget and treasure forever.

Song #6: Reach For the Stars by S Club 7: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SxSnjL3nZ0

This is one of the songs I played and sang along to, while talking to my friends, but this a favourite song of mine because I love it sooo much! 🙂

Today, I had a father and daughter outing with my Dad; we spend the day in London and as a birthday treat, we went to see Romeo and Juliet at the Globe Theatre! It was pretty spectacular; we saw the show in Bay K (the Middle Gallery) and had front row seats. We saw everything! The actors were amazing, the music was amazing, and the action and the romance were amazing. In the interval, I saw (from the corner of my eye) a woman, who was taking pictures of a Lego man, dressed as William Shakespeare standing on the oak rail and in front of the stage, near our seats. After she’d finished, the lady noticed my interest in her Lego figure; I kindly asked her how she made it.

‘I didn’t’, she said. ‘I bought him’.

The lady explained to me that she is currently travelling around the world and she takes pictures of the figure, wherever they go. Then, she lifted the Lego Will’s hair and revealed his baldness. ‘Look; he’s bald’, she laughed. I laughed with her. When Dad came back, I explained to him what the lady was doing and said to me. He was pretty interested too. Before she left, the lady told us that she had published a book, based on Juliet’s Nurse and it is a prequel; the story begins fourteen years prior to the play.

When we got home, I decided to research the book and the lady’s name. First, I discovered that the lady who I spoke to was American author Lois M. Leveen and the book she mentioned was Juliet’s Nurse. It was a complete surprise speaking to her; to be honest, I have never heard of Lois before, nor have I read her books but I now I have, I’m really, really keen to read Juliet’s Nurse which I’ll definitely read sometime soon.

Well, this it. I’m nearly coming to the end of my one year journey and tomorrow, I’ll reach my twenty-first birthday. I hardly can believe it; normally, I wouldn’t finish a task but I’m proud to say that this is my first. Yay! Soon, I’ll be taking a new path into my life – one that (I hope) will be full of new discoveries, new thrilling adventures, positive outcomes and tons of happy memories, full of smiles and uplifting hearts. I’m sure it will (*TOUCH WOOD*) because I can feel it in my heart. (*TOUCH WOOD, AGAIN*).