Why I Take Pictures

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly in flight, caught by amateur photographer Phil Santa Maria
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly In Flight – By Phil Santa Maria

I am more action oriented than philosophical. I think.

For fun (and to come up with a blog post since it has been too long since the last one), I gave myself an assignment: explain why I take pictures.

Taking pictures is a hobby for me. I don’t do it as often as I would like, or as often as I should to get better. But I enjoy making pictures very much.

But why?

Here’s the best I can do. I think my reasons for taking pictures are somewhere in this off-the-top-of-my-head list.

I take pictures . . .

  • TO create

  • TO document

  • TO remember

  • TO inspire

  • TO express myself

  • TO capture beauty or “interesting”

  • TO communicate

  • TO save thousands of words

  • TO prove I was here

  • TO create a legacy

  • TO connect

  • TO see the world objectively

  • TO freeze a moment in time

  • TO capture and preserve emotions

  • TO get a reaction

  • TO get recognition

  • TO learn a skill

  • TO be artistic without being able to draw

  • TO challenge myself

  • TO tell stories

  • TO expose (that reminds me. Have you seen my post about puns?)

  • TO share

  • TO elicit a feeling

  • TO celebrate

  • TO compete

  • TO give

  • TO have fun!

There you have it. My list of the top 25 26 27 reasons I take pictures.

How about you? Why do you take picture? Hit me up in the comments.

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