Mulling over the first prompt – A treasure that I cherish; it wasnt too difficult to decide what it is for me. As a child, I was always fascinated by the camera – yes I know all kids love to pose but for me it was the camera in my hands and not being clicked that was the high for me. I would be most pissed at not being able to get my hands on it.
If there was ever any award for the most grumpy baby pics, it would undeniably go to me 😉
I got my first ever camera (brought with joota churai money) when I was 13 years. It costed 100/- and was a tiny weightless thing which I could fit in the palm of my hand. Yes people did laugh at me when I whipped it out to click them but once the pics were developed, the laughter gave way to admiration.
I guess this sort of built the way for my photography passion to develop and over the years I upgraded to better cameras (read expensive) till I could afford my very own DSLR in 2007 for a grand sum of 37,000/- Yes, I could have bought a piece of jewellery in this money, but then this is far more precious to me than the gold and diamonds.
I signed up for a photography workshop and havent looked back since. Over the years I have shot weddings for friends and family (and been told my pics were far warmer than the hired photographer’s), birthdays, puja havans, portraits, wedding portfolios, Interior shots, product shoots,etc.
I even did a calendar of 12 of my best pics of the year and sent it as a new years gift to folks – the appreciation for this was manifold and I was on a high for days.
I also participated in a Architecture – Photo exhibition where three of my shots were selected and displayed, amongst terrific appreciation.
Even today, when readers of my blog leave words of praise on my photo-skills, my chest puffs up with great delight.
I collected the expensive lens/equipment by saving birthday/Diwali money and asking family/friends to give cash over kind to enable me to fund my hobby. Be it books, lenses, tripod – I have painstakingly done it all over the years. Yes in the process, had to give up on many luxuries!
Is it a wonder that I consider this my most cherished treasure!!!!
To date I love being behind the camera and revel in the creative freedom it affords me. I have recorded memories of places and people as I wanted to. My camera is my best travel companion and I can while hours with it. Its my go-to hobby for relieving my stress. It’s what I turned to me in my darkest hours and it’s what helped me tide over my pain by setting me free. It lets me be in a world of my own!
The best thing I love about my treasure is how I can freeze moments to be cherished over eternity and somehow this gives me immense creative satisfaction.
So I guess that’s if from me folks! What did you think of my treasure? Did it resonate with you? BTW did you know I have an offer for portrait shoots for bloggers? So if you are thinking of upgrading your profile pic, you know who to call……. 😉