Saturday night – the night when everyone is out and drink beers at Ming Cafe, or the night when I usually think about life. This evening, as I was cleaning my lens, I reflected back about the past one year, when I have embarked my side-hustle. Why did I create images? Is it for money? Is it for the fame? Is it because of the brand name? Or is it because of the recognition that I get whenever I post something in Instagram or Facebook?
After sometime, when I finished cleaning the lens, I realised it is none of those. The correct word for it, in my current vocabulary, is the joy of creating images. I create images to make myself happy. For me, the music to my ear the sound of mechanical sound created when I push the shutter button of my camera. I shot mainly M cameras, so that is the sound that I am hearing now. Previously I shoot using M9, and I love the sound of the curtain rising inside it. Some might call it noisy, but for me that is the sound of joy. With M10-P, you can hardly hear anything even though you still have that subtle mechanical feedback as you shoot. However, the sound of my Nikon D7100 is the one that I will never forget for it is my first interchangeable lens camera, which I eventually let-go to my friend, Sabahan Mother, Wonder Woman, Vera.
So, why YOUR happiness matters?