Question: Is photography a lifestyle?
This might seem like a silly question, especially if you don’t think of photography as all that much in and of itself. Many of us just usually add it onto whatever else we’re doing (selfie here, happy snap there).
But what if you put photography first, at least part of the time? Does that mean you’d take pictures every single second of every day that you did that?
Maybe, maybe not. The kind of living I’m talking about has to do with how you see the world, and whether or not photography is helping you to expand your perspective on life.
If you were really, truly living a photographic life (ahem, living exposed) you would frequently be blown away by the sights that you see every day. This is because the state of being alive is an amazing thing – when you take the time to get a good look at it.
It’s like that Everything’s Amazing and Nobody’s Happy video, but in this case you don’t even need to set foot on a plane – you just need to get yourself into the right situation and be ready to look around. The World Is Amazing.
This can be confirmed anywhere. You might go halfway around the world and find it. Or you might stumble upon it while walking down a street in your own neighborhood. The point is that your camera can be a ticket to a whole new reality no matter where you are or where you are going, because it can help you get some separation from the daily grind and the same old perspective.
So, the answer is yes. Photography is a kind of lifestyle, one founded on the adventure of seeing the incredible world that we exist in. Photography can change your life because the camera is a tool that captures not only images but also your complete and total attention – if you are prepared to offer it.
Once you realize the possibilities of living exposed, all that’s left to do is to start signing up for your own adventures.