Photographic Inspiration: What Does It For You?

The initial content of this post isn’t going to be very long, but I hope your contributions will help us all tap back into those things which first compelled us to pick up our cameras.

I’d like to invite each and every one of you to take a moment on this Monday to remember your beginnings as photographers. What got you into it? Who gave you your first camera and what did that mean to you at the time? What keeps you coming back to photography? How has this art form impacted your life? Where do you find your inspiration?

One of the things that often inspires me is to hear the stories of others, especially when they are talking about their passions. So, if you would, share your stories in the comments below. Everyone has something to offer and even if you may not think so, you will be an inspiration too! It will be a great way to start off your week!

  • My grampa’ & my father are amateur photographers. When I was younger, I used to wait in front of the darkroom’s door, eager to see thier pictures. At that time, I wasn’t very interested in how they made the pictures. 5 years ago, I met my girlfriend. I’m French & she’s a Kiwi. We’have always have had the idea to move from Paris to NZ. So when last year I turned 30, I thought it was a good time to invest in my first DSLR (a nikon d300) to both follow my parents & to record souvenirs of my French life. I got completly hooked with photography & I’m now thinking photogrpahy 50% of my time. My Grampa recently passed away. I got his old Leica R4 camera. I’m now even more curious, ready to learn about taking perfect & meaningfull pictures !

    March 29, 2010 at 9:55 am
  • Steve K

    I had an uncle who was a gadget geek before the words were invented. When I was about 10 or so, we visited and he had a new Polaroid. I was HOOKED!

    I asked my father for one and he said he could get me a brownie and a hundred rolls of film for the same money. I said OK. Dad got me the camera and about 5 rolls of film, saying more to come when I used them. They lasted a day. I gave them to him and asked him to get them processed for me and wanted more film.

    A few days later he returned with the processed film and asked me for the processing money (What!!!). That took a whole week’s worth of lawn-mowing money (my summer income source). Then I looked at the pictures. The only one I remember was of me looking quite startled as I took an unexpected self portrait. That taught me to be quite frugal and to get it right in the camera.

    Later on and a few cameras later, I switched to Kodachrome. I learned there to make in-camera dups (got a good shot, take 2 — the exposure will be better than having the lab dup one).

    Digital (free film) was a shock to my system. That, of course, was 40+ years after the Brownie.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:05 pm

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