Let me tell you how my passion about photography originally started.
Are you folks familiar with the story how my account on 500px.com came to be? How everything started in the first place? I’m well aware of the fact that I am by no means a popular internet figure or a great photographer. But is there any harm in sharing these things?
I have always been keen on photography in general.
I can assure you that this interest of mine was originally nothing more than a simple interest until I completed my schooling and apprenticeship and began my nine-to-five work.
Finally I found some time and the bravery to go ahead and purchase my very first DSLR. So in the end my interest transformed into a real passion when I was in my mid-twenties. Consequently, starting out was rather overwhelming for me.
I mean, how can one be expected to take a camera, venture outside and take a proper picture when this thing has so many buttons that all interact in such complicated ways?
Let me tell you a little secret: My very first shot was nothing more than a black picture. Even after a while, the pictures were still black. Have I mentioned that I once thought shooting in manual mode wouldn’t be too hard? After another while, I got the hang of it and went on my first adventure. Totally full of adrenaline and motivated as hell, I literally captured every little piece of everything that crossed my path.
Now here is the thing: Most of the images were unsharp and blurred. No cool results at all. No use for them at all. Not even a semi-great picture.
Just nothing. Discontentment. No trace of satisfaction, only skepticism.
Keep in mind how I once thought that manual mode wouldn’t be hard. Whatsoever, after what seemed like an eternity, some loot could be gathered over time. Maybe expectations did not reach a certain height because I finally had to return some results.
And there it was: The first image of my own that didn’t let me down.
What now? Why do we invest so much time and effort into all the pictures we’ve captured and into every single file on our hard drive? What were the sweat and the tears for?
Just so that they can end up stored on a computer?
I don’t claim that any of my pictures are great, neither technically nor artistically. I still fool around at times and mess things up regularly and for this reason, I am not a professional.
But hell, why not share some of the plunder I have looted anyways?
With this in mind, I was about to discover a world of amazing and ambitious photographers. I can tell you, I had no clue that I would experience the feeling of being totally overwhelmed for a second time. The search for a suitable platform ended up quickly with 500px.com.
An overwhelming platform. There is so much mind-blowing inspiration to be found there! So much enthusiasm. I knew I had found the right place for me.
So there I sat. Pondering over which picture I should contribute, which I should testify my bravery with. In the end, I gave this whole thing a try and uploaded the first picture.
Cosy and soft moss bed: Scions on a moss-covered wall. Looks like it’s own world.
There are more words here than I originally had planned for this article. Maybe I have overreacted here and there and overstated some points a little … Caught me!
But you know what? Even to this day, I have never regretted the decision to share some of my photos online. You can laugh or make fun of me but deep in my heart, I knew this was the beginning of something beautiful.
And it definitely was the beginning of something great.
Over the time I tried several platforms and added more and more social media to post on. It was quite interesting to see how these platforms work and how they differ from each other. But it turned out that too many platforms at the same time were way too consuming.
A fact that I didn’t think about in the first place. I already hinted at this in my introduction. Don’t hesitate and have a look there if you haven’t already done so.
I had to make a decision and this decision resulted in moving from 500px.com and all other platforms to this website only. It might sound inconsistent, but the motivation of sharing pictures online hasn’t changed at all.
It’s actually more fun than ever. Have a great time.