Same goes with Street Photography. Either a short-term achievement, or a long-term achievement – you must have something in your mind that you want to achieve, something that can drive you towards that purpose.
But , what drives me to continue doing it?
1) It’s a weekend break for my mind
Photography is not my main source of income. Even though I’d love to do a full-time job in photography, I don’t think this type of genre would be able to sustain my personal expenses. Therefore, I’m doing this as a hobby during the weekend so that I can break away from my daily routine.
To be able to spend time on myself, walking alone for hours in the city and make pictures from a film camera – for me this is a bless.
I’m been making switches from one camera brand to another since the day I know about photography. For the record, I’ve owned Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm and Olympus cameras. A switch from a digital to film camera is not a straightforward process though. I’ve been testing and asking around about film camera for quite some time and finally in December 2016, I’ve decided to “upgrade” myself to a film camera – a Leica M6 to be exact. And in order to do that, I’ve sold all digital cameras I’ve owned.
After years of experience making pictures from a film camera, I personally think that a film camera will make you a better photographer. Without the capability to look at the back screen (to see whether you’ve got it right or not), film photography will push your creativity so that you need to think about the expected outcome BEFORE you press that shutter button.
Nothing more, nothing less. Nothing is automatic, no autofocus or whatsoever. It’s the purist to the core. That’s why I’m in love with film photography, and I don’t think I would be able to switch back to digital again. And by doing so, indirectly - I'm also contributing to keep film photography alive in Malaysia!
Fame and Rich in Street Photography?
But I’m not saying it’s impossible though. You can, if you have the desire and passion to achieve that.
For me, I have no intention of getting both. I have nobody to pleased and I have no plan to pleased anybody with my photography. I just want to be myself and be happy with my photograph. If there are some people who does not like what I’m doing, so be it. I’m not getting paid from anybody either.