Mia Daiz: Your future photographer
I heard stories about my grandfather…
He was a soldier.
He used his camera as his weapon; he didn’t just captured opponents but also real moments. He made it as a subject for photography. It was really amazing.
Everything was black and white— but he was able to turn them into color.
I then realized that I wanted to be like my grandfather.
I wanted to become a photographer.
There was a fire inside of me; a fire burning for this.
Then I joined Children International’s Community Youth Reporter Program, and the fire burned even more. I felt great. The opportunity turned out to be a big thing for me. I was overjoyed.
It was a spark inside of my heart, a dream I wanted so much to fulfill. And by that, I know this would be my life passion—particularly landscape photography.
Nature is classic and ecofriendly because you can use it as background for your shots. It is an environmental art.
Not only that, the smiles on people’s faces also caught me. I wanted to bring them into my memory.
And I wanted to let photographs do the job.
They are really beautiful. You get to read people’s expressions and emotions, even if they’re not moving.
I can feel what they’re feeling.
For me photography is an expression of myself, the people’s emotions are the reflection of what I feel on the inside. I get to feel them, even if I was not the one being photographed.
And when I see photos captured from distant places, it seems like I was actually in there. It’s like you have traveled from here to there in just a snap. What a wonderful feeling.
If I am to compare photography into something, it would be the way I study. Because when I study, I give my all. When I study, I exert much effort for the best outcome.
I feel overwhelmed whenever I get myself behind a camera. I feel like I am making my dreams come true. Holding it between my hands is like holding my dreams and making them alive.
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