Photography – Addiction or Obsession

My name is Bobby Roy and I am a photographer by profession. I do it for a living, day in and day out, on my off days, during holidays, and almost everything else; basically I do it all the time. I do it so much that sometimes I start wondering whether I do take any day off; whether I shoot professionally for a client or I am working on a personal projects, the camera rarely leaves my hands. Should it be added to the list of things to seriously consider as an addiction? Or is it simply just the pure unadulterated happiness that I derive from this art-form? I wonder…

You see, it is so easy to get overwhelmed when you are running such a business and dealing with personal life, some family obligations, etc. at the same time. If you want, you’d always have some or the other excuse to not do a particular job or pursue a particular hobby that you generally love; and the reasons which you give to yourself or to others will almost always seem legitimate to you. However, ever since I got myself into photography, I always made it a point to make photography my top-most priority in life, and eventually I automatically, some-how seemed to find time for it on a daily basis. I not only love shooting, I also enjoy writing about photography, my projects, and everything in between. It is a part of the entire package and I absolutely adore what I do for a living. Yes, there are days when you’re down or do not seem to draw inspiration or motivation, no matter what you do but that’s a part and parcel of any artistic endeavor that you take on.

Although, I specialize in automotive, weddings and travel photography, I feel nothing is the limit when it comes to pursuing projects on a personal level – one can shoot anything from still life, lifestyle, street to macro and colors & abstracts when it comes to personal projects. The world around us is a beautiful place and as much as possible, I would want to frame it all within my lens. I feel the camera is like an extension of my eye, of what I see. Otherwise, how can one explain the fact that I cannot go one day without holding the camera in my hand and creating pictures, even if that be 1 picture a day.

If you think it is a good thing, it isn’t, really. You see, apart from me, nobody else in my family really takes to photography like I do. The rest of my family has little or no interest in photography. Ofcourse, they try & support me in what I do but they don’t necessarily share the amount of passion (or shall I call it obsession!) that I have, and quite understandably so. I have seen them looking at me with a blank face when I get excited about a particular frame infront of me, or I would see the brilliant light outside and get super-excited, and run out with the camera. If you’re wondering whether I leave my camera ever, then, well…not really. I mean I do take my camera with me almost everywhere I go, but there are occasions I do not really take it out, just so to enjoy the moment.

You see, photography as a hobby can get quite lonely or even shooting professionally can get lonely at times, and I, as a person enjoy that solitude. But there is a greater love & satisfaction to be had with sharing that knowledge with people around you; people who love photography as much as you do. People who share (almost) the same amount of passion that you have for this art-form. Perhaps, people who are as addicted to photography as you are.


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