The pursuit of happiness is something that we all do, consciously or unconsciously in our daily lives. We all have our own methods that bring us moments of peace, calm and joy in the humdrum of our daily lives, which let us pause and capture bits and pieces of bliss. For me it is spending time being silly with my little boy, watching him absorbed in his world of make believe, my ten minutes of solitude at the end of the day, sharing a laugh with the good man, getting lost in the incredible Nat Geo posts on Instagram and my feeble attempts at capturing moments that speak to me. This post is not about the wonderful world of my little guy or the good man but more about photos and photography , that I think is gradually becoming a passion of mine. The Nat Geo posts are the ones I venerate and the ones I try to capture- photos of everyday life- are the ones that bring me a strange satisfaction and excite me to seek happiness in the moments that surround me.
Known for his street photography, Leon Levinstein, who I only came to know about very recently has this quote – “ I walk, I look, I see, I stop, I photograph”. It made me think and I realized that this captures the essence of my endeavors to hold on to the fleeting instances in my everyday life. It obviously goes without saying that I am not comparing my photos to his …I have not lost it totally yet and still have some semblance of sanity! What I am trying to say, I guess, is that’s how I take my photos…I do not necessarily go out looking for moments but rather let everyday life make moments that ring a merry bell in my soul. They genuinely make me happy and when I look back at them, I am inspired to do better when I click next. They bring me contentment and peace and while I am a gazillion clicks away from anything remotely worth mentioning, these are personal steps that help me be grateful for all that I can see and all I have and all I can do. It teaches me to be humble and instills in me the desire to be a better person when I wake up the following morning.
What makes you happy?