Photography Completes Me

As an iPhone photographer, I’ve often found myself grappling with the notion that photography somehow completes me.

Admittedly, it’s a strange notion.

It’s not that I subscribe to some mystical or magical belief that my camera holds the key to my inner self.
Not in the least. Because, remember, I’m a humanist.

Yet, there’s a subtle yet undeniable truth to the idea that photography has become an integral part of who I am.
In a cosmic sort of way, it’s not like I just do photography.

I am photography, through and through, every part of my being.

Let me be clear: At this junction in my career, the autumn of my creativity, I rely on my trusty iPhone to capture, right or wrong, good or bad, different or indifferent, the moments, landscapes, and still lives that speak to me. And therein lies the beauty of it all – the simplicity, the accessibility, the spontaneity. With just a tap of my finger, I can freeze a moment in time, preserving it for ages to come.

But it’s not just about the act of taking photos; it’s about what those photos represent. Each image I capture is a reflection of my perspective, my emotions, my experiences, my biases, my tastes, my temperament, and my experience in life. Whether it’s a breathtaking landscape or a candid portrait, each photograph tells a story – my story.

This is that very part and heart of what completes me.

In a world that often feels chaotic and uncertain and messy, because it surely and undeniably is, photography provides me with a sense of purpose and clarity. When I’m behind the lens, everything else fades away, and I can focus solely on the beauty surrounding me. It’s a form of meditation, a way to quiet the noise and find peace amidst the chaos.

It’s a way for me to enjoy this beautiful mess.

But what resonates with me the most is the way photography allows me to connect with others. Through my images, I’m able to share my unique perspective with the world, sparking conversations and forging connections that transcend language and cultural barriers. There’s something incredibly powerful about the way a photograph can evoke emotion and foster empathy, reminding us of our shared humanity.

And then there’s the sheer joy of creation – the thrill of capturing the perfect shot, the satisfaction of seeing my vision come to life on screen. It’s a constant journey of growth and discovery, pushing myself to see the world in new ways and experiment with different techniques.

So yes, photography completes me. Not in some esoteric or mystical way, but in the way that any passion or hobby can enrich our lives and bring us closer to ourselves and others. It’s a reminder that sometimes, the most profound truths are found in the simplest of moments – a sunset, a smile, a fleeting glance captured forever in pixels. And for that, I am grateful.



Jack Hollingsworth