Hi! I am Moh and Iove to take photographs, most especially weird fashion photography. I prefer it to be dark, enigmatic, and peculiar.
I have a random question. How did you start doing things that you are very passionate about? Did you dream about it? Did you work hard for it, or was is just luck that put you unto this routine?
Well, if you are going to ask me how I started with photography, I’ll tell you in a while. During my younger years, I wanted to become a doctor. I even told my parents about it. We always wanted to “become someone someday,” don’t you agree?
My Childhood and Photography
If I will tell you my entire childhood story, perhaps we’ll never end. So that I won’t bore you with my telenovela life, I’ll tell you how I realized why photography is my passion; plain old envy!
Early on in life, I already knew that I love taking photographs. I was just 6 years old then. Roughly twenty years ago, I could still remember the time I stole the old timey film camera from the drawer of my parents.
They’d know that I had taken photos without their consent once they had the film developed. Naturally, my photos weren’t good enough. My father would tell me that the angle was not appropriate and stuff like that. I was just a kid and I didn’t mind it at all.
Photography During My Teenage Years
As time went by, I kept on practicing my photography skills. In high school and college, I would borrow camera from my friends or classmates and act as their photographer. During events, you could rarely see me in photos because I am usually the man behind it, but I love it! These are just some of the reasons why I pursued photography.
It seems like I have been babbling a lot about my past. I’ll cut it short and perhaps share some of it on my future vlogs very soon. Let’s get to the main point, shall we?
Photography Powered By Envy?
You might be wondering why ENVY was the main force that drove me to become the photographer I am today.
It was during the last quarter of of 2013 when you could see a lot of photographers budding up in Cebu. I could remember looking at my Facebook timeline filled with their good photos. This made me envious.
I was still working in the BPO industry at that time. After work, I would practice web design on my own website and other websites as a freelance job. While I was practicing it, I realized that I was missing a lot of important pieces; the photos! Even if I was a photography novice, I was very cautious in using photographs owned by other people because of copyright issues.
So I asked permission from the photographers to use their photos and give due credit but alas! I never got a reply from them.
I felt very frustrated!
I felt bad!
I still feel envious of the photos that could have made my websites awesome!
To make the long story short, I decided to buy a camera during the first quarter of 2014. After owning one, I was still clueless about the ergonomics of a digital SLR and how to properly use it. I decided to push myself harder by learning more about it.
While learning about photography, I realized that I am not keen on learning it through reading tutorials. It’s weird because it tends to puzzle my thoughts, and I have no idea why!
However, I really had to read the fundamentals of photography; how it should be done and how a DSLR should be used.
I practiced and practiced and learned other dynamics of photography. When I had enough courage to organize my own open photo sessions with other photographers, I invited designers and aspiring models to collaborate with them. I came up with a production and launched Fotografia Enigmatica.
Looking back at it, I could say that it was not as successful as I think it should have been, but I was still happy that I was able to learn the things that I never thought I could do.
My Last Thoughts About Envy and Photography
Because of envy, I realized that we could obtain something positive about something.
Yes, I was envious but I did not let this deadly sin took over my passion.
In fact, I use envy to compel me to continue my passion of capturing great photos!
How about you? What compels you to become a great photographer?