""Can you See anything?" "Yes, wonderful things.""
- Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter
Since I was on my way home to the Philippines then, and we wanted to document our stay there better than before, my husband and I decided to get a DSLR. And that was the beginning of seeing such wonderful things behind the viewfinder.
Yet I feel my photography story did not begin when I got my first DSLR. I believe it began with my Great Uncle, Manong Cading and the wonderful photos he took of my family and my childhood. Here's a favorite photo he took of my 8th birthday:
He did not need a fancy camera, all he needed was the eye behind the lens that can see beauty even in the most commonplace and mundane of locations and occasions. This photograph seized in a single moment, some of my happiest memories as a child. And I'll always be thankful to him for all the other moments he preserved.
Looking back at this, I reckon that maybe the love for the lens is in my blood. But I'm not sure if I can capture what Uncle could. Maybe one day. For now, all I have is my enthusiasm to see and wonder from behind the viewfinder.