Photography is a Way of Awakening Your Senses
Photography Project by Tine Søby
“Photography is a way of awakening your senses”
These are the poetic yet straight forward words of Tine, a hobby photographer guided by her curiosity and ‘gut feeling’.
For her photography is a way of sense and she loves dwelling in beautiful scenery. One of these sceneries was the charming, picturesque streets of Paris where she did her Erasmus Exchange a couple of years ago.
She discovered the city just walking around alone full of joy with her smartphone and getting inspired by all the beauty around her.
This was a way of exploring the city and everything around her, expressing herself through the lens of her phone.
“I find it meditative.”
“I find it meditative. Sometimes being lucky enough to capture those moments and try to tell a tiny visual story about what I saw and felt in that specific moment, is super fun.”
Tine likes to create her own little games, a way of playing in her own laboratory.
For her photography is not platonic but more so a way to awaken all her senses. To get impressions, to feel inspired, to see new perspectives. One of the most inspiring things Tine told me is that she gives space for the intuitive which does not necessarily come with logic.
It rather comes with this cringing feeling of something that is hard to put into words but awakens your soul. Wow!
“I think that’s a major challenge in society, that there is almost always very little or no space for this.”
When it comes to creation and meaning I agree with Tine that the most important force is following your curiosity and instinct. Somehow simply being drawn to that specific corner or staircase, listening to that feeling and giving space to that.
Now let´s be honest, basically, this counts in every aspect of life, whatever it may be.
“This can be in a creative process, like photography or in a new, more effective way of using excel being an accountant. It doesn’t matter.”
“What does matter, is that when time is well spent, that´s when you lose track of it.”
For Tine, visual aspiration has always been a big part of her life. Whether it´s buying a lot of magazines or going to museums, where she usually spends some time in the museum shop.
“I always have this urge to check out the museum shop, even though I know most items are crazy expensive.”
So instead she always buys an artsy postcard, which has created a pretty big collection throughout the years. One day she wants to turn it into one, big collage! Also, Tine has always been interested in fashion, a visual form of self-expression – colors, patterns, combinations.
She is drawn to many different things. Photography is one of them but it’s an infrequent thing in Tine’s life. However, she does feel that her pictures are evolving. Her motives looked a bit more traditional in the past but nowadays they are more abstract.
She got more experienced and dug deeper into her interest and now she sees it more as an art form, her art form.
What I thought was refreshing in Tine´s story is that she also gives a voice to the impact of all the amazing photography out there, especially on social media. It´s hard nowadays to not get influenced by all the work and a desire to shoot the same, but differently.
I have the feeling we all have this urge to be ´unique´. But by being so focussed on that, you actually kind of lose it.
Let´s all try to quit our urge to be unique and just do what feels natural.
“Because everything we do in life is built on something, someone else created already.”
As long as you do the things that come from deep within yourself and in a natural flow, it is unique and that is pretty damn interesting!
What do you think? Do you agree? Leave a comment and tell us about how that works for you!
Zoey van Mierlo
Zoey is a 28-year young dancer, born and raised in The Netherlands but living in Lisbon for the last 4 years. With a bachelor degree in Dance and a screaming travelers heart, she has a lot of interests and passions. Besides being a freelance content writer and social media manager for Photography Playground and co-founder of Area-Cinzenta, she is a supervisor at Indie Campers.
We at Photography Playground love photography projects. I lovingly call them Obsessions & Fascinations. Because photography projects arise out of a fascination for a specific subject. Very quickly that fascination can turn into an obsession. Nothing wrong with that.
All of a sudden you see photo opportunities everywhere and you find yourself doing odd things because you just have to follow that creative impulse.
This monthly blog series is an ode to the obsessed and fascinated humans among us where we make room for photographers to showcase their photography projects.
Do you have your own photography project you would love to share with us? Can be anything you photograph on a regular basis or for a limited amount of time.
Like your cats, the view from the same window, your feet walking on the street, same object in different surroundings, your daughter waking up every morning, patterns you see around you, similar street views, etc. etc……….
Get in touch with Zoey van Mierlo who is the coordinator, curator, and writer of the series.