Photography is one of my passion; its been so obvious on this space time and again. Photography as a hobby leashes out the creativity is one thing, you start observing so many subtle things that you normally miss out on. You start noticing the surrounding in a way that appeals to you no matter what. A dingy room with broken furniture makes a good subject as much a beautiful rose garden.
You start seeing the world in frames and angles :) Every little thing I see or every other person I see is an interesting subject. As I walk; I think "Oh! this could be a beautiful picture". You would want to capture those moments and those expressions forever. You start noticing those which you would not notice otherwise even though you have been around thousand times.
Anyway, apart from the beauty of it; you also notice the funny and awkward stuffs. Have you observed how people get so conscious when posing for a picture? Some of them just stand in a freezing position; stiff and rock like while others go out of the way to look candid and they fail miserably. I have always been nervous posing though I love talking pictures myself. You would see me agitated and frowning many a times. Others do their hair, clothes to look best while few take all the liberty to pose in different angles no matter where they are and how many are staring at them.
Photography keeps me alive. I believe that if you stop observing, you stop living. Photography accentuates the observing capability. They did not just say "A picture speaks a thousand words". Camera is my best friend; only thing is that it got bulky and I cant carry it everywhere. I need to buy a good point and shoot camera for freezing those moments that I find interesting on my day to day course.
Point and shoots help you shoot discreetly as well; especially when shooting people. You lose that candidness when people notice you are photographing them. At the same time; you can avoid the attention if you are the one who doesnt like attention. Point and shoots are small and sleek; though they dont provide
DSLR's versatility; they are still good.
See this picture? The younger monk is happy to pose for the picture; while the elder's body language speaks a lot. Shy, wary and discomfort; doesnt want to be pictured. The third boy is just not into this. Three boys; three stories; one picture :)