I tell people all the time as a photographer I see things different. Some go “I understand” which tells me that they are passionate about their craft, whatever it may be. Others go “uh huh” and smile, which tells me that they take pictures but they don’t live for photography. For example a friend of mine was saying the other day that she was in the ‘Mood” to take some pictures. I had to stop and think about that. I have never had to “be in the mood” to shoot. For me its like breathing, it something I have to do. Even if I do it badly because I am having a crappy day… I have to shoot. Seriously I take photos EVERY day even if it is a photo with my phone of a bug or dinner. I shoot.
Anyway back on topic, we, as most of my photography friends will agree, see things different. Photographers that do portraits, ALWAYS see that perfect photo. That moment when everyone in the family is who they are or when the light hits the highschool senior just right, or when the bride has that perfect look of love on her face. For a landscape/wildlife photographer its the light… there is this moment … it does not happen every day but there is a moment in the mornings and evenings when there is the glorious golden light that makes everything perfect, or when the sun moves behind a cloud and cast just the right shadow, or dark thirty (that is that time between sunset and dark) when the light is amazing because of the red cast from the sunset. Some people call it talent to be able to see these things. they say “Man you have a great eye for this stuff” OK this is what I mean, we see it where others can’t.
I know I am rambling.
But my point is that all of this is out there. I take photos and people tell me “WOW I never saw that” or “you took that here… in Carlsbad…Really?” It amazes me that people don’t see it. How can you not see it? but then I remember they see things I don’t see because of their passions. I personally don’t see the beauty of football…yes seriously had someone tell me that football was beautiful… my answer was “uh huh” and I just smiled. (sound familiar) So no matter your passion enjoy it. While it may confuse you how others can not enjoy or see it the way you do, just know that they feel as deeply about their passion/obsessions as you do. You can try to explain it but you will probably just get a smile and a general “uh huh” and then they will wander off to talk to a less obsessed crazy person.