This I Believe

Elizabeth - Houston, Texas
Entered on February 5, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: creativity
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A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

I believe in taking pictures. Pictures are memories and movements captured. The pictures someone takes represent their thoughts, feelings, and artistic skills. Taking pictures is a way to be inventive; to capture a moment that represents you in some way is joyful and indulgent.

Taking pictures is a great way to express yourself. Taking pictures helps you observe the world in a new way. Taking pictures may bring out a different perspective of someone or something. As a photographer, I get to experience all of this firsthand. My main goal when I take a photo is to picture the emotion I am trying to capture. I want the person who sees my picture to put themselves in my shoes and feel my emotion, feel happiness, feel sadness, feel anger.

The best part about photography is examing a picture taken of one of God’s creations very closely, whether it is of a person, a flower, or even an inanimate object like a lamp, it always has its own unique beauty. I have discovered this every time I have taken a picture for my photojournalism class. Although our assignments are always different, every single picture I’ve taken always had something I liked about it, either its own beauty or, an interesting angle from which I shot the picture. My favorite photos to take are close-ups, such as flowers, because you get to see every little detail of the object, such as the pollen on the petals, something you would not notice if you were just walking by. Since I have learned more about how to take these types of pictures, I like to take them on my own, outside of class. I do not know if the rest of my classmates do this as well, but I do know that since the class began, out of 17 students, all of them have grown even fonder of photography.

I believe in taking pictures. Life is better when you have a hobby, like photography, that expresses yourself. In particular, a hobby that even if it’s time-consuming, it is always entertaining. A hobby should be fun, even if it is difficult. That is what photography is for me. Who knows? Maybe it can become more than just a hobby someday.