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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.




Two doors into a dark corridor

Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 – f/2.8, 1/13sec, ISO400, raw Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 – f/2.8, 1/13sec, ISO400, raw
Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

This kind of project brings a certain kind of pressure to one's photography which can be good if it is dosed appropriately. Sharing two or three images a week pushes me to think my own photography more and while my blog is visited many people in every month, I'm also pondering if my images are interesting enough to share in the first place. Making 'interesting images' is really the key question that I keep coming back after every single blog post. Of course, if one wants to see effective images that really are 'in-your-face', there is no shortage of those in the net. If you have followed any social media service targeted for photographers (Instagram, Flickr, 500px, etc.) you have probably had your photographic overdose of amazing places, amazing sceneries, amazing people and amazing everything where the amazement eventually dries down. I feel that certain kind of 'interesting images' are pretty much done or at least seen already, even if they probably continue to live forever in advertisement world, image banks and other similar places.

What is interesting is of course a context sensitive question and while I'm trying to find my own photographic eye it eventually comes down to my personal taste. Personally for me the most interesting images are those which work with small subtle things just hinting into right direction. In the context of 'dark frames' (see my earlier blog post here), I like to pursue images that have a very fine balance between reality and dream – yet I never want to across the border of reality, because what I think makes photography interesting in the first place is the idea that those things we see in the photographs actually exists somewhere in the real world. That's also a reason why have a certain allergy for images that look like they have been 'effected to bring interest into otherwise a boring subject'. The trick is to show the real world in a certain way that adds sublime meanings into it. It can be portraits, landscapes, architecture and whatever, but in my eye this has always been a sign of great photography. To lift up ordinary things into sublime and to make our surrounding world interesting in a way that it aligns with our inner thoughts and beliefs – and doing it with small subtle things. Sounds like a personal definition for my own ideal photography. Now I just need to find the right scene and push a button!