The fear of the unknown is a difficult scenario to explain since it is merely a mental obstacle. In most cases it hinders a person’s ability to perform to their fullest capability. Every time we come across an unfamiliar situation, the feeling of fear becomes evident, and stops us from making the right decisions in life. More often, we choose to run away from it and in doing so we lose some opportunities in life. It is important to dust ourselves up, move away from the comfort zone and just experience life; we might be surprised at how much we have been missing. The fear of the unknown prevents us from achieving our goals. This theory is true in my life.
“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” H.P. Lovecraft.
Growing up I always feared taking photographs I dreaded that moment, the family photos can attest to that. I have tried to understand what it is that I feared but only two things come to mind; I could have taken the phrase “kupiga picha” too literally (the word beating and me in the same context could not work) or the flash of light frightened me (am still frightened by lightning and thunder). I decided to overcome that feeling my way; hiding behind the camera! I was the camera guy in all family functions
(Clever I thought) until I realized I was an outcast in the family portraits. That was more frustrating. Fast forward and I have gradually outgrown the fear to appoint of posing professionally. A while back I did a shoot that landed me my first commercial modeling job and since then I haven’t stopped nurturing my camera relationship. Understanding your fear and being ready to take that step can go a great length in getting rid of the unknown and soaring high in life.
“There is enough strength within you to overcome anything in life.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita,
Here are some of the pictures that got me that opportunity.
Photography: Emmanuel Thuo