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One year with Sony Alpha cameras and ZEISS E-mount lenses. Developing my own photographic eye in a in a scratch book manner. Hunting the stream of inspiration and sharing it through a popular blog platform.
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Living a double life

Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Loxia 2/35 - f/2.8, 1/60sec, ISO640, raw
Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

So, this is it. I’m starting my personal photography project for the year 2016 and planning to keep on working with it throughout the year. There will be coming all kind of stuff, but for the first journal entry I thought I should tell you something about myself. I’m a 39 years old photography enthusiast from Finland. While I’ve always been interested in photography and been doing it in on-and-off way in the past, it was only after our first daughter was born 2012 when I really found the photographer inside of me. After that I’ve been pretty active with photography and it has also brought many good things into my life. One could say that I’m kind of a late starter with photography, but I’m enjoying it nevertheless.

Being a late starter brings also all kinds of challenges. I’m not youngster anymore but I’m blessed with a family and two daughters (younger one being only 7 months old at the moment and doesn’t sleep too well) which do change things when it comes to photography. As those who have similar life situations already know, the photographic opportunities of a family-man are pretty much locked inside a real time strategy game called ‘everyday life’. Daily stuff keeps me quite busy and if there is going to be photography, it happens between work, kids, family and other daily activities. Because of this I feel like I’m ‘living a double life’ where I need to take my chances between daily routines – sometimes even in an elevator between different floors like some sort of a super hero, hah! I know there are many other photographers out there with the similar life situations and challenges, I’m no different. I guess this is also a reason why I decided to start this photography project in the first place – to keep me active with my own photography even with the busy times and share the inspiration with others.

But what is the most important is to be able to enjoy the photography and all those small and big moments in life. What I really want with this yearlong project, is to end up with a situation where I can, at the end of the year, look back and be satisfied with my efforts in photography. To be able to say that I didn’t waste those moments and because of that I have a lot of good images, memories and experiences. Even if there isn’t always so much time for ‘real photography’, I deeply believe that photography can be used to uplift many of those small moments which otherwise would feel like just a mundane every day stuff. When I raise the viewfinder into my eye, I always try to remind myself that "this is where it happens, don’t let it slip away, don’t let it pass". Starting a project like this is one way to amplify this kind of consciousness in life and try live by it. So, it’s a good day to start a new photography project.