I’m not a photographer and it’s OK
I’m a mother, a teacher, a blogger and quite a few other things, but I’m not a photographer.
I do like clicking away on my phone and keeping pictures as souvenirs. I do love showing readers of this blog what my life as an expat is like, but I’m not a photographer.
I did try to become better at it: I bought my first camera, a digital point and shoot but still… quite a big step from my regular camera of choice: my Blackberry 5mp camera. I even tried to take online classes to learn how to use my new camera and compose pictures but that’s not for me. Too technical, too boring sorry, can’t be bothered.
Then I heard about photoshop and softwares to make pictures look amazing, and I did try a few. Spent hours working on my raw shots to make them look spectacular and the results were quite good really. But you know what? I can’t be bothered anymore with those either…. Too much time, efforts, headaches and frustrations. It has even stopped me from putting online thousands of pictures I wanted to show you. It’s crazy. And. It’s not worth it!
I’m not a photographer!
And you know what? It’s OK. I’ve decided it’s OK to not be good at it.
I do like many of the pictures I took over the years. I love looking at them and having all the memories and emotions come right back to the surface. I love showing you guys the good, the bad and the ugly of my expat life.
So my pictures will never make the cover of National Geographic? It’s OK.
I’ve decided not to be ashamed of my pictures anymore. They are what they are and what I always wanted them to be: a raw, direct and uncompromising glimpse of real life as an expat.
I’m not a photographer… still, I got loads of pictures I’m proud of. What do you think?
These are probably my favorite pictures ever. While the technique is probably lousy, I’m hoping something of the moment and the emotions felt can transpire. And if it does, then that’s enough for me. So get ready for more pictures and less fuss.
After all, I’m not a photographer, right?