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(For Day Three of the Festival of Words hosted by Write Tribe from July 10 to July 16, 2016, I’m writing a photo post and a brief glance at my journey into the realm of photography)

There goes a well-known saying that a photo is worth a thousand words! I doubt if this dictum holds true anymore, considering that photography, once considered the privilege of a select few, is no longer so. Today, with the advent of smartphones and user-friendly digital cameras, photography is easily accessible to almost everyone, as we observe how photos are being posted online at an exponential rate by all and sundry. In fact, as part of an increasingly visual society, people find it all too easy to snap a photo out of any ordinary event, right from where they traveled to what they ate for breakfast or who they were with, at any given time. All, thanks to social media.

One has to admit that visual cues (pictures) reach out to us much faster than anything else. My foray into photography began years ago when I began documenting our travels for a private journal that was my companion for many years. I loved my write ups with accompanying photographs. My love for the old black and white photo albums of parents and grandparents got me interested in portrait photography initially. There were a couple of talented folks in the extended family whose work inspired me a lot. I started with basic lessons from Dad to understand the fundamentals of manual photography. Those were my baby steps. Over the years, my passion has led me on. It has fuelled new learnings and new surprises have followed me everywhere.

Since I started blogging a little more than a year ago, I discovered that images seemed to convey emotion very powerfully lending an additional depth to the content. This prodded me on to join Skywatch Friday, a weekly bloghop, where you get to view some of the most amazing skies from all over the world.

As an amateur photographer, I find the possibilities of learning from others are endless. To me photography, like sketching or drawing remains another art form of capturing this beautiful world around me. The camera merely captures the moment and freezes it for posterity.

I agree with Don McCullin when he says:

Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.

Sharing below some of my favourite captures. 

wengenulsoor lake leavesnaharsunsethampi stablesevening skiesbekalb&w spice tourDSCF0017_1image12513552_10153620413638600_2210794935353782852_oAre you passionate about photography? Do you think it can be considered an art form or is it just another mechanical recording medium of people, places and events? It would be wonderful to have your thoughts so please do share them in the comments section below.

Here are my other posts for the Festival of Words:

Day 1: A HaikuThe Day is Ending

Day 2: A 100-word storyAcceptance