While you’re in the world

Sometimes I think about how other people see photography. For a lot of them, a photo is just a photo. It’s something you can look at, and like or dislike. It’s something you (I) do. And there’s plenty of people doing it. Nothing special about it.

This thought – it scares me. For me photography is not just something I do. It’s part of me. I breathe it. I don’t go a day without thinking about it. My whole life is wrapped around taking pictures. Because I am on a mission.

What do you want to do with your life? For me it is important to create things. To try and bring pieces of beauty in a world where things and people can get ugly. To give hope. Even if perhaps I am only giving hope to myself (although I hope it does extend beyond me – or will do so at some point).

Without photography, I wouldn’t know who I am. I’d be lost. Miserable.

And not everybody gets that.

But Laura does. She is one of the most passionate models I know. We understand each other.

And there’s comfort in knowing: you are not alone.

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Model: Laura Theys
© Els Vanopstal

3 Thoughts on “While you’re in the world

  1. Robert H. Bruce on December 15, 2012 at 22:48 said:

    I’m glad to see that you have found meaning in your praxis of photography! So, keep the great pictures comming!

  2. “For me photography is not just something I do. It’s part of me. I breathe it.” Da’s de mooiste zin die ik deze week gelezen heb :-) En een prachtige reeks ook!

  3. This serie is really beautiful and I agree with your thoughts.

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