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“A picture becomes a work of art not when the masses line up to see it but rather

when an individual experiences it, incorporates it into the soul, and treasures it.”

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Taking a picture, you freeze a single moment in time. Looking at one, you get to re-experience all the sights, sounds, and emotions of the past. A lingering smile, a chorus of laughter, the majesty of architecture, or the serenity of nature can all be preserved long after the experience is over. Anyone who can love, admire, and appreciate the world around them can be great photographers.

I started taking pictures when I borrowed my college roommates camera on a trip to china. It motivated me to observe and study my surroundings more than I usually would have in order to take “better” pictures. Ever since then, I have tried to understand what makes a picture better and I have learned that the true beauty of photography as an art is that there is no way and nor should there be a way to define “better”. We take photos because we see something that resonates with us, that we find beautiful in this world and that is what makes it such a wonderful medium. We have the power to share how we see the people, places, and things around us. Forget the rule of thirds, your photos should look exactly like your photos and not something that was taught or trained. More importantly let the motivation to take great pictures teach you to enjoy and love the world around you. All it takes is for you to lug your camera around for you to start to appreciate all the details that others miss by rushing through their everyday lives. As cliche as it sounds, stop and smell the roses, or rather stop, think, admire, and take a picture.