Change this mentality of how you photograph your life

Peter and I (2012) at Curtin University when we and a group of camera-loving friends use to hang out together nearly every weekend for a couple of years. This photograph means more every day because Peter passed away in 2017 from bowel cancer, RIP my friend.

Often, when taking personal photos of yourself, people feel compelled to delete more photographs than they take. Some times this happens because the angle at which the photograph was taken or the light in that area did not look good for you.

I urge you resist the need to remove every flawed image. You will not realize it at the present moment, but that perceived-flawed image, may be a priceless memory later on in life. If the photograph captures the part of the story, Keep it.

I admit I’m not the most handsome man alive, but that doesn’t stop me from photographing myself. Insecurities are a part of everyone’s life and while they might hinder some to take photographs from  time to time. You never know that present moment you are documenting something that could be an important moment in the future.

A camera is a beautiful way to record life’s important moments. These moments become more valuable as time passes by.

I just spent the last hour looking back through my old images. They bring a sense of nostalgia that can never be matched by any other means. I’m glad I’ve held on to all those photos that were “post-and-forget” at the time, but now provide so many wonderful memories.

When I look back at my old pictures, the first thing I want to do is reconnect with everyone in them. It reminds me how long it has been since we had contact with each other and that these are the only tangible records of my past.

So what to takeaway from this post. I want you to look back at your old photos, and notice how you feel about them. Maybe its a wake up call for you to reconnect, or a timely reminder for you to capture more.

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