Let’s go back to 4th April 2014 !
That’s the date I first went for a proper walk with my trusty beginner DSLR & 50mm lens.
It was Naka Meouro in Tokyo and it was Spring; or Sakura season(Cherry Blossom). I think I wrote about it before – it was the day I really found the joy of photography.
Today I was browsing through the 3200 photos I took in 2014. I think at the time I thought I was quite decent at it.
But now, looking back, most of the photos are awful.
It doesn’t matter though, the main reason I was taking photos was because I found it really enjoyable. It was a way to slow down and enjoy the detail of the world around me. Whilst also fulfilling my desire to be ‘do things’ and ‘create stuff’.
One thing that’s a bit new that I experienced today is looking back at a mass of photos and being connected to the person I was at the time.
It’s not remembering the moments themselves. It’s the thought process, motivations, energy etc. that I had at the time I was walking around taking those pictures.
I had such a great time in Japan in 2014. When I came back to London I was flying high. I was feeling so good, I was more confident, optimistic and creative about life than I am at the moment.
It’s not that things are bad now. It’s more like I am good now, but then I was super uber amazing.
When I looked back today I had a bit of an, “Oh yeah” moment – that’s where I got the extra energy and motivation, those were the things I was planning.
It’s great as an inspiration to make some refreshed plans for the near future.
I picked out some photos of Londoners that I think I missed on my first reviews back in 2014. Here we go:
Do you ever look back at objects from your past and find a positive inspiration for the future?