How Photography Inspires My Writing Life

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Photography and writing both tell stories. One is with pictures. The other uses words. I’ve been interested in photography for a while. It wasn’t until 2 years ago that I realized I’d love to pursue it as a career.

Before I started working, photography got me out of the house. As a writer, you can spend most of your day in front of the computer and not even realize it. Not good for your body. Being at the computer all day hurt my back, my fingers and my wrist. Then there’s the lack of exercise. Going outside to take photos fixed that problem.

When I got stuck in my stories, I’d take Oreo and my camera on a long walk. By the time I got back, I’d have some idea where I’d want the story to go…most times.

Photos are also good writing prompts. If you’re following this blog, you probably read my Story and Photo series. I use that to exercise my writing muscles. Gather photos covering the same theme and write a story from them.

You know how most authors, or people, make up stories of the people they see on the street. I weave stories in my head about certain places and things I photograph. Just for fun.

I could totally imagine tiny magical people living in this.

I sometimes even freak myself out when taking pictures of scary things. I catalog that feeling to use in a story.

There’s something about a good photo that’s just uplifting. Let’s say I got a rejection or a bad review. Getting a good shot, like one of a bird spreading its wings, can make me feel so much better.

Photography is just fun. I throw myself into a shot and I forget about anything that’s been weighing me down. I look back at my old photos and feel a nice spark with I find a gem I totally forget about. I could go to the same place for years and always find something different to take a picture of.  Photography, like writing, is always an adventure. 

Are you a photographer? Why do you like taking photos?


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