There's something about having a hobby that lets you escape from the day to day tasks and worries. A hobby can help us tap into another part of ourselves that we don't usually see or engage with.
Photography is a hobby we can grow with and learn to see and appreciate a creative side of ourselves. This creative side may have always been there and we've just noticed it, or perhaps with time it's come about through our experiences and maturity.
Learning about photography can exercise a part of the brain that is different to learning about other things. It taps into a creative eye where we learn to look at the world differently. We learn to observe and notice what's around us in a way that we may never have done before. We start to see the quirkiness of life, the connections between objects, the role that people play in the world and the shapes and colors we are surrounded by.
We can learn to reflect on things and the meaning behind them in some new ways too. We can wonder why an image has struck us, drawn a meaning that we would never have expected. It helps us to communicate our thoughts without using words.
Photographing with others can be a connecting point, a way to share experiences with others who feel the same way, who understand what we mean. This is always a comfort in life, feeling part of something bigger, feeling like you belong.
Stretching yourself to always do better, to use technology to get the most out of images, to see things in new ways, to capture the essence of what you see in a way that touches others; this is what keeps photographers going, why it never gets boring. There's always more to learn, more to discover, better and more interesting photos to take.
There's something about having tangible products at the end of the photo shoot that's rewarding, that feels like an achievement. These can form memories, keep us connected to the world around us, give us meaning in the future as we reflect back. They can tell stories about where we were, even who we were at the time. We might see patterns or themes emerging that tell us more about ourselves, who we are and what matters to us.
There's something about photography that takes us away from our day to day existence. We can get in the flow of taking photographs so that the rest of our world disappears, vanishes - even for a short time. We can escape our life and take on another, just for a while.