Flipping through the pages of my digital photo album, a wave of nostalgia washes over me. Each photograph holds a precious memory, frozen in time, allowing me to relive those moments whenever I please. Being a photographer in a friend group has become an integral part of my life, helping me cherish and preserve things like nothing else.
What’s happening behind the lens?
As someone who was always behind the lens, with each click of the shutter button, I am reminded of how fortunate I am to be able to capture these fleeting moments. Whether it’s a candid shot of my parents laughing together, OOTD pictures of my friends, or a perfectly timed picture of my nephew blowing out his birthday candles, these allow me to freeze time and hold onto those memories. It has the incredible ability to transport me back to a specific moment in time.
A candid photo of my mother genuinely smiling. Photo | Ronalyn Santos
Appreciation in Little Things
Being a photographer has also taught me to appreciate the beauty in everyday life. Through my lens, even mundane objects can become extraordinary works of art. The way sunlight filters through leaves or how raindrops cling delicately to petals—these might have otherwise gone unnoticed if not for photography. It reminds me to slow down and appreciate life’s little joys while capturing them for eternity.
Photo | Ronalyn Santos
An Outlet for Self-expression
Photography has given me an outlet for self-expression and creativity. It allows me to tell stories without words – each photograph is a visual narrative that speaks volumes about emotions and experiences. Through the lens, I am able to capture the world as I see it and document personal experiences that have shaped me as an individual. It is a powerful tool that reminds me to live in the present while preserving the past.
Photo | Ronalyn Santos
Beyond being a hobby, photography has become a way for me to preserve spontaneous moments, foster creativity, and document the growth around me. Whether it’s through candid photographs or meticulously planned shots, I am able to freeze time, creating visual reminders that I can revisit whenever I want.
There are some people who find solace in different things. For Ronalyn, she finds peace in writing and taking random pictures. As she writes, she feels a sense of release from all the negative thoughts that have been consuming her mind. Writing has become a form of therapy for her, allowing her to express herself in ways that she couldn’t otherwise; writing is a way of healing. In her photographs, she freezes the moments that bring her joy and vulnerability. It’s her way of documenting the beauty around her, giving her a sense of purpose.