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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.
This is what 'Days of Zeiss' is all about.




The photographic eye

Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 – f/11, 6sec, ISO100, raw Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 – f/11, 6sec, ISO100, raw
Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

The things I'm searching with my trips into darkness are my own photographic eye and vision. I believe that everyone has a photographic eye, a particular way of seeing things and subjects, which is partly subjective and partly cultural. We don't always exercise it when making images (snapshots), but once we do the photography becomes much more satisfying experience. On the other hand sometimes we are so caught up with the photographic genres, common subjects or the usual visual motifs that it makes us overrule our own way of seeing things and we end up making great images that do not exemplify our own photographic eye. The key is to combine subjective feelings and motives with the cultural repertoire of photography to make images that are, not only interesting from the visual point of view, but also tell something about the photographer behind the camera. I know, easier said than done.  

However, I believe that possibilities for making those images are everywhere. One doesn't need expensive setup, exotic places, studios, models, makeup artists and other usual stuff that characterizes 'the big world photography'. On the contrary I think much more interesting images materialize when people connect with their own photographic eye and express something individual which has been highly cultivated by the thing called 'life'. And the best part is that this sort of photography is not blocked by anything like you need to be 'a real photographer', 'pro' or something else like that. There are no competitions or hierarchies – just being who you are and taking those photographs which speak to you. When there's enough of them you start to see yourself in them and that's when photography becomes interesting. You escape 'the plateau of the common photography' and start your own personal journey. And if you've familiarize yourself with this blog you already know this is something what I'm trying to do with the 'Days of Zeiss'. For me, it's somewhere here within these dark sceneries glowing in the shadows.