My Journey through the World of Photography!!!

With my camera, my friend!!!
With my camera, my friend!!!

How it all began!

This was me being a girl at middle school right through to my college days and then into adulthood, living in the dreams of photography for years and years, dreaming of taking photographs of nature and my family, funnily enough, I also have to mention dark rooms, developing films, printing photos, etc. I still remember the little book that I bought off the school fair when at middle school, that had information on dark room techniques. I used to spend time reading it over and over only to fantasise myself owning a printing lab, alongside the other folk tale books that I read during those times. This carried on to high school, all through my college days, as dreams although I quit reading the book when in college. It all seems funny now, but that is how desperately I dreamt, wishing and hoping that it just turned true. I did have my own doubts if I would ever be able to own a camera, and was sometimes saddened if my dreams would always remain dreams forever!!! Little did I know or have any idea that we would roll out into a world of digital technology, where the longer complicated and longer dark room processing and printing jobs would shut down to such easier jobs that can be carried out in the light and finished off in minutes!

The first camera I laid my hands on!

So this is how the experience began, while I was at high school when mum for real, did buy a film camera, which she still loves and uses. I was allowed to use it once when I went for a school trip, and I remember the camera not loading the film correctly (probably my mistake), which in the end had me deeply upset. After that it was during my first year at college, I remember having the camera again for a trip out from college, and that was my first photography experience (The film did load properly then! :-)). I know I still have those photos somewhere in Mum’s house.

Dreams shattered!

With life changing after my first year at college, I had to say GOODBYE to my passions that kept me going. My life changed for the worst I should say! I could feel that my dreams were falling apart and I was being pushed into a different world which did not fantasise me any more. How very haunting and frightening experience it seemed, I had to survive through it all; I was forced to. Not living the life of my dream, the roads towards my dream had taken a complete turn or should I say blocked, and gone through a horrible twist. Strongly enough, my fear for the future led me into being stubborn with going to college and qualifying as to what I am now, but my creative world crumbled.

Picture taken with the first digital camera in 2005!!!
Picture taken with the first digital camera in 2005!!!

The first digital camera! What an excitement!

Years passed by and I got to lay my hands on a friend’s digital camera in mid 2004. It was a basic 1.3 MP camera (Wish I had remembered it's name), had me in smiles of excitement and I spent some time clicking pictures of my family, some outdoor photos and the bits and bobs lying around the house. Hardly two months and the camera was off my hands, as my friend needed it back. Although sad, I got over it. I wanted a camera so desperately that I had desires to buy at least a mobile with camera something that had recently hit the markets. My desire was turned down and so, I lived with it, and with my dreams.

Wings to fly!

One day, it all happened just like that; I was out of the cage towards the end of 2005. I took blind courage and left for a far away land in search of life, in search of security, in search of provisions and in search of my dreams. I was starting to believe that I could live my dreams again. Nothing is free or easy in this world and keeping that in mind, I worked through a lot of obstacles, some even worse than before, used, abused, surviving the pains, heartbreaks, but still making sure that no one was hurt in that journey.

Photo from my mobile camera!
Photo from my mobile camera!

The mobile camera !

Let me not drift away and come to the point now; I laid hands on my first mobile that actually had a camera!!! Yes it had a 3 MP camera, and was in my hands in 2007. Excited like a little kid I was over the moon. I was still not sure what I was going to be photographing, and how I was going to photograph. I have shared a few pictures that I shot with that mobile. I did not stop my dream which was to own a digital camera.

And.....my first digital camera!

Finally in October 2008, there I had as my own, my first digital camera. I really did. A point and shoot camera, a good one with all features a beginner in photography would ever need. Although I had the camera, I was held back with much in life which were not letting me go ahead with my passion. I was still in a healing process, trying to mend my heart and broken wings. The camera stayed in its case for more than a year when finally towards the end of 2010, I got to see the photographs of two of my friends who were kind of inspiring me with their simple but beautiful photographs. But the fact that they owned DSLR cameras made me believe that I could do something like that only if I owned a DSLR too, but it wasn't true. I started to use my camera with the basic features first, took it out for a few occasions and events, shot photos, but did not bother much, as I thought I could never take good photos.

A few bits of my photography over the past 1.5 years!

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Gorgeous leaves!Town Bridge - BedfordDusky gold!A building in Glasgow city centre!Loch Luss - ScotlandRuthven Barracks - ScotlandThe Royal Bank of Scotland building in Glasgow city centreGlasgow!The Swan Hotel - BedfordBy the River Great Ouse - Bedford!
Gorgeous leaves!
Gorgeous leaves!
Town Bridge - Bedford
Town Bridge - Bedford
Dusky gold!
Dusky gold!
A building in Glasgow city centre!
A building in Glasgow city centre!
Loch Luss - Scotland
Loch Luss - Scotland
Ruthven Barracks - Scotland
Ruthven Barracks - Scotland
The Royal Bank of Scotland building in Glasgow city centre
The Royal Bank of Scotland building in Glasgow city centre
Glasgow!
Glasgow!
The Swan Hotel - Bedford
The Swan Hotel - Bedford
By the River Great Ouse - Bedford!
By the River Great Ouse - Bedford!
The Photograph that kindled my passion for Photography!!!
The Photograph that kindled my passion for Photography!!!

The Photograph that kindled my passion for Photography!!!

Early 2011, I was around with the camera during a 2 days travel. Not much luck with my motivation or self confidence, I traveled aimlessly, all for a friend, to places where I did not want to go. Nothing entertained me personally or with capturing any pictures. Shattered and upset towards the end, sitting on a coach heading home, that was when it all happened for me. A photo, shot from the bus, was all that triggered this flaming passion for photography inside me. It was just a simple photo but it triggered my dying passion. I have written my experience in this hub, the experience and how I shot it, and what it did to me.

The Photograph that kindled my passion for Photography!!!

Ever since then, I have been trying my best amidst the difficult times; taking photos with my camera and mobiles. It is an exciting journey for an amateur photographer like me, and I learn a lot everyday. I have a few friends who are into photography who provide me with feedback on my pictures; I am now not frightened to show my pictures to people, like I initially did but still a bit nervous. I am building my confidence little by little, all thanks to my friends and other people who have motivated me and helped me build my confidence.

You can have a look at my albums on my Facebook page, Livingsta's Art Gallery, and Google plus page (Will include my website / webpage when I have confidently done one).

Thank you for stopping by and taking time to read.

Livingsta.

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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mythili, thank you for stopping by. Loads of love....

And yes, Memories........... :-)

Have a great rest of the week!


Mythili 3 years ago

Love this article, the pictures and the person behind it. Memories.......


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Peggy, thank you for reading and sharing your experience. I understand that developing and printing was an expensive thing before. All thanks to digital photography. Thank you Peggy for the votes and all the best to you too!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

My love of photography started out when I was young also but developing film cost a lot of money so pictures were taken sparingly. Digital photography is wonderful. Glad that you are having fun with it. We all hone our skills by shooting lots of photos and then it is pretty easy to see what comes out best. Keep enjoying your hobby. I enjoyed seeing your photos. Up and interesting votes.


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Stephanieb27, thank you for stopping by. I am sure you will enjoy photography. The more you do, the more creative and enthusiastic you become. All the best :-)


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stephanieb27 3 years ago from United States

Great story! I would love to get more into photography! :)


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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you so much Rajan, your words are really motivating. I have the DSLR on my priority list :)

Thank you again for reading and commenting.!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

What an interesting journey. Your photos have really come out so well, you need to get a DSLR to bring the best in you.

Voted up and interesting.


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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

@barbergirl28: Thank you so much. I would love to see your work too. Thank you for reading and dropping a few words!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Great pictures.. I love taking pictures and I love it even more now that the world has turned digital. It definitely makes photography a much cheaper hobby than it was before. I remember being in 8th grade and having a camera. A cheap film one. It didn't work very well and frankly the pictures aren't even worth showing. However, my skills have changed throughout the years. Love photography!


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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you so much Eric Carter for the appreciation and motivation. It really helps!


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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Deergha, I am sure, a poet like you would have snapped awesome photos too. There is nothing to feel bad about. Please feel free to share your work. I was so much hesitant too. But then I started with a picture, and it all happened!

Thank you so much for all the appreciation!


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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Ruby H Rose, they are the River Terns, if I am not mistaken. Yes you get lost into the world of photography. You can keep clicking at anything that pleases you! I would love to see your work!

Thank you again for all the appreciation!


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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you so much Vinodkpillai!

I am glad I have met another photographer. Would love to see your work!

Thank you for the appreciation and motivation! I have this DSLR on my priority list!


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eric-carter 4 years ago from Fulham, UK

You really have a thing there my friend, keep on doing what you love!


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dghbrh 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Nice hub and very beautiful pics here. I do also enjoy clicking but ist for may be my own eyes....not confident enough to show the world yet. I loves your clicks very much. Keep it up. All votes up and sharing too.

deergha


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Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

I love the photo of the lake in Bedford park with the birds, ducks or? flying over the water. Great hub! The bridge, with the lights, and purple hues, my favorite! I too share your photography passion. My friends ask me why I take so many pictures of trees, since I still don't know, I will keep enjoying the peaceful love I have of standing in their quiet beauty, snapping away with my camera....


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Vinodkpillai 4 years ago from Hyderabad, India

I cannot but add my two words here. Beautiful hub! Voted up and beautiful. I love photography and have traced almost the same path as you have done - starting from my father's medium format Agfa Isolette film camera with black and white 120 film rolls, developing and printing / enlarging in dark rooms....... until finally the digital age dawned and rendered a lot of what I knew irrelevant. I then educated myself and shifted to mobile cameras, compact cameras and DSLR's. That's my story and that's why for me it's such a pleasure to come across a passionate lover of photography. As far as getting a DSLR is concerned, I think somebody as gifted as you must get a DSLR to take it to the next level.


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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you for reading and commenting Tlmcgaa. sad to hear about your camera. You can always get one. Do not lose faith!


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tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa

i to love photography and have a special fascination for macro photography. sadly the special camera i bought i never got to use as it was stolen before it ever reached me. my kodak digital simply isn't up to the task of macro stuff. great hub!


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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you so much Gypsy Rose Lee :)

Yes, I am in love with photography now :)


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Taking photos is fascinating. It's like painting in a completely different way. Love the pics. Passing this on.


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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you Eranofu for understanding. I indeed was too excited :) Also, thank you for the appreciation :)


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Eranofu 4 years ago from Europe

I was reading this and virtually feeling your excitement when you were writing this. Thank you for bringing me this feelings. Great photographs and a great hub. :)


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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Wow Natasha!!! I am happy to hear from you. Happy to hear that there are people like me around. Thank you so so much for passing by. And many thanks for your appreciation :)


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

I love photography, too, but it's taken me a while to do much of anything about it. Today, it sounds like I'm a bit like you - I take pictures of everything, all the time! It's a lot of fun and I love sharing my favorite shots.

I love your sailboat picture. It's beautiful.

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