Why Photography?

Welcome to my first blog post! If you have been going through my site and read my bio (if you haven’t, click here), you might be wondering why I have decided to become a professional photographer, so it’s my duty to explain that.

It all comes from my childhood, when I used to spend a lot of time looking at photo albums of myself and my sister, and using point-and-shoot cameras from Kodak. The cameras I liked the most were the disposable ones you could use just once, covered in cardboard, and useless after developing the film. I was always intrigued by how the photographs would look like and I remember the wait and anxiety to receive them at the store, just to find out most of them were blurred (nobody is an expert at the beginning, right?).

Photo by Ming Xia via Flickr

Even though years and different jobs passed by (from waitress to events’ organiser in London), I never forgot my passion about photography and about the way I look at the world, always fascinating and changing. Every corner from every city has a soul, which walks with us silently and unnoticed, only because we are too busy to look up from our smartphones and see the beauty in the world. This is the philosophy I pursue.

To fulfil this philosophy, I believe photography is the best way to it. Following the steps of the greatest Street Photographers of all times like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Robert Frank or Louis Faurer, I try to document urban life in an spontaneous and unconscious way, giving soul and meaning to the city environment. Documenting everyday life is helpful to recovery memories of the past, which are essential to our present and will be used in the future.

“I became a photographer because I have no memory. Photography allows me to reconstruct the family albums I never had, the missing images becoming the engine of my research. My contact sheets are my personal diary” – Patrick Zachmann