Every once in a while, when I look back at those good old carefree days, the harder it gets for me to realize that it’s me, the lad who never dreamt of being here, doing this. But then, it dawns upon me that this is life, beautiful with all its uncertainties.
It’s been ten glorious years of me being in Kuwait and this place in ways more than one has shaped me and made me who I am personally and professionally. Being an IT specialist is quite stressful, and when the stress gets to your system, you become negligent of your surroundings and you quiet literally forget to pause, breathe and seize the moment.
In this monotonous life of mine, I one day held something which opened my eyes to a whole new world – my camera. I always nurtured this hobby of capturing photos, but having a DSLR (Digital single-lens reflex) was an absolute thrill. When my hobby turned into passion is still a mystery to me, but through my lens I started to see beauty in the most mundane of things. It was a new high all together when people appreciated my work and asked me to capture their special days. Since the last two years this is what I love doing the most; stealing the stolen glances, the teary-eyed, the toothless grins, the beautiful sunrise, the promising sunset and much more.
Being a photographer has taught me the value of a second. It has changed my perspective towards people and nature. It has made me realize that I have the power to seize the moment and capture it in a way which will be forever cherished. When I look at my favorite photographs I see lots of special and amazing memories. In my own work, I am rewarded not only with the visual reminder, but an emotional reminder since every photo I make is also a part of my life’s experience.
Most importantly I have learned that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.