Taboos subsist almost around every culture. In each culture, there are limitations and bounds to the actions and behaviors, which are regarded to be offensive, insensitive, or unlucky. Many people consider traveling as one of the most worthy experience to explore different cultures. Therefore, to reach out to the best of distinct local cultures, people often travel. One of the intervening ways in which one can pass the boundaries across taboos is via the means of photography. However, different cultures have different taboos related to photography as well. In the following, we are going to discuss a few of the surprising ones.
Photography Taboos in Asia
In Asia, interestingly and surprisingly, the photograph capturing three people is regarded as the unfortunate one. The belief says that the middle person in the photograph will be soon passed away. Such belief is believed to have its origin in the roots of the cultures in which number 3 is considered as an unfortunate number. Nevertheless, in contrary to this taboo, the group of Cantonese dialect thinks of number 3 to be the fortunate numeral as according to them, this digit signifies the “life”. Hence, if we have already taken a lot of photos having three individuals in them, we should go for the latter belief that says; we still are teemed with life.
Photography Taboos in West
As other cultures, the culture of West is not free from the photography taboos. For instance, in the cultures of the UK and the USA, the photography of kids without seeking their parent’s permission is the taboo; because it is thought of violating one’s privacy. Another taboo is the children photography without clothing; they think of it as the offense.
Photography Taboos in Muslim World
In many of the Muslim countries, the photography of the religious work of art or engraved artifact is prohibited strictly. Even in Saudi Arabia, one might get caught in prison for taking the shots of public buildings. Another taboo is the shot of individual’s bottom of the feet without any valid reasons because it is regarded as disrespectful and rude. If you are having any doubts about clicking the photos in the countries where the photography is one of the touchy subjects, then perhaps you should stay away from it.
Photography Taboos in Africa
Do not get too shocked if your subject asks for the money of token in exchange of your shot. Because, in Africa, particularly in tribal areas; there is a rule of seeking your subject’s permission prior to your capture. In the rural areas of Africa, it is advised to always ask for the owner’s permission before you are going to photograph their belongings such as the farms or the animals. Otherwise, there are chances that the owner will compensate by charging you the amount double than the actual price of the commodity itself you have taken the shots of. (Ouch)
So, it is recommended to always respect those cultural taboos you are going to photograph with the intention to avoid any inconvenient circumstances afterward. Otherwise, set your sails to plunge in the ocean of troubles. (God forbid)
Photography as an Art
Art in one or another form is known to exist since the appearance of humans on this planet. It is believed to be an integral part of our lives plus it is close to each culture of the world. Art is found in playing the most vital roles in the history of humankind. Photography is the advanced form of the art of painting. Painters cast their art on canvas, which shows the distinct colors of life. On the other hand, photographers do the same job as that of painters but do not have the equipment similar to the painters such as the canvas, paints, or brushes. Rather, they only carry the “Camera” to express the different shades and colors of life. With the advancement of technology, now the mesmerizing photographs taken by the photographers are replacing the picturesque hand-made paintings. These photographs cast the effect similar to that of hand-made paintings on their viewers. The charming and beautiful photographs provide people with the deeper perspective of emotions, self-awareness, and shades of life. Art is believed to be the natural component of all of us. We all tend to create and express ourselves via the means of arts. Sometimes, it happens when we feel the lack of expression and communication and this is where the art comes to play. For instance, the deep, alarming, alluring, and distressing photographs will make us understand the approach of the photographer (who clicked these shots) towards the life.
Photography as a Hobby
Hobbies or pastimes are one of the most special components of everyone’s life. Hobbies should be picked wisely, as the hobbies have the deep influence on one’s life and they are capable of shaping one’s life. If you want to pick up a new hobby, which is alluring, interesting, and knowledgeable, plus you are a person who has taste and observation for nature and things then you are advised to pursue photography as your hobby. All you have to do is to buy a camera in order to live by this hobby. Surely, this pastime is likely to bring the enthusiasm, passion, and fervor into your life. In addition to that, your perception towards life and nature will expand manifold. A good photograph will spark the feeling of accomplishment within you.
Photography as a Career
One should follow their aptitude and personal calling when choosing a career for them. A good career should bring you money, peace of mind, and above all the feeling of accomplishment. It should be in line with your eager and passion. Only then, you are likely to feel satisfied and accomplished. With the advancement of technology, every area has been changed and advanced including professions and careers. Among many new professions, photography is one. A few decades back, people hardly thought of photography to adopt as a career. But in the present day, this market has gained a smash hit among masses. Now, no festival and celebration are done without photography. People hire photographers for covering their weddings, birthdays, graduation days and other celebrations. Photography has become the need of the hour. Now, the photographers are earning more than ever. So, if you are confused about pursuing this field as your profession, you are advised to give this a try at least. We bet that you will fall for your new profession and never want to leave it.