I’m a pre-med biology major and I’m taking a photography class. I like the field of medicine and know that that’s where I want to be regardless of what I become professionally. But undeniably I have a passion for taking good pictures using a camera, and I wanted to know what makes a good picture and how come photography is considered art. I’m gradually learning that photography is just as complex and sometimes as abstract a medium of art as painting, sculpture and even literature. It’s not coincidence that the phrase, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” exists. Because truth be told, I’m learning that not only can it say that much in words, the right photo can provoke our actions, inspire our thoughts and even touch the depths of our being.
Photography in general gives me another perspective on the world. As a biology major, I’m usually concerned with how things work in nature and what brings about such order to life. Photography invites us to look at details in life and our surroundings that we would commonly miss. I once spent a whole day looking for varying shadows and intensities of light on campus for an assignment and had fun doing that. How much we see and grasp with our naked eye is incomparable to any other creature’s ability and comprehension. We are an impressive species. Imagine putting a lens on that eye and amplifying its abilities tenfold. That’s photography.