Petra Sittig Photography - Vienna, Austria
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My Journal

We all have to start somewhere, doesn’t matter what it is we do, and every start is the beginning of a process that we can never predict. I am writing about how I started photography, the initial inspiration and encouragement by my friend George, and the on-going learning process, by just doing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo editing

I choose to keep my photographs as natural as possible. It took a while for me to get enough confidence to be able to stick to the style of photography that I have developed over time and the way I want my photographs to be.

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You have to fail to improve

What I had to learn is that the light of the midday sun is a force to be reckoned with. What I saw with my eyes and what I captured, were not always the same, especially when I download the images on my computer.

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The bigger picture

It’s not always easy to see the bigger picture. You only have to do something upstream to understand how this is, not only you, but also the people around you.

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Learning by doing

Every generation think their time is the best time to be alive, and it’s probably true because they don’t know any different. However, I do think if you were born during the 60’s, had your childhood during the 70’s, been a teenager during the 80’s, you do realise that in life as we experience it now, there are so much more opportunities for everyone. The door is open and you just have to go and do it.

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Vienna, the city of music

Before crossing the bridge over the canal in Vienna’s Stadtpark, you can already hear the music. The musician in his spot, playing for his walk-by audience.

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A Winter’s tale

It’s not without a reason that seasons are used to describe our different moods. Just like in the David Essex song, ‘A Winter’s Tale’, the sense of sadness and loneliness are linked with the cold of winter. I found that even when taking photographs during the winter, certain scenes definitely have this melancholy feel.

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What a wonderful world

It’s wonderful to know that we all see the world differently based on our experiences. This means that when we take photographs, our experiences lead us to focus on specific details.

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A string of pearls

Children have a magical way of doing ordinary things. How they see and interact with the world around them is always fascinating to see. When you have a camera for these moments, it only gets better! You can capture these once in a lifetime moments, that can never be recreated.

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All you need is love

My Children call me “cheesy” but I call it “In love with love” . When you had your teenage years in the late 70’s and early 80’s you may be forgiven for being a bit “cheesy”. Actually it’s simple: All you need is love

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A picture tells a thousand words.

Since I’ve been photographing in the parks and streets of Vienna, I have discovered how much beauty there is in the most ordinary of situations. When I have my camera, I notice things on my way that normally would have passed me by

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Black and white photographs forever after.

I have recently been thinking about my fascination of black and white photographs. Sometimes I would look at a photograph and immediately feel it should be in black and white rather than colour. I can then almost hear my dad’s voice saying

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My first Camera

The first “photoshoot” I ever did was with my aunt’s camera that I borrowed for the afternoon. I was around 12 years old . My younger sister, aged 5 at the time, and her friend were my models.

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When you put your mind to it.

I have the tendency to sometimes overestimate my ability to do things. Like the time I decided that cutting my children’s hair would be a good idea….

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If it wasn't for George and the 20 hour theory.

I can clearly remember the conversation with my friend George about Josh Kaufman’s 20 hour theory. George is a friend of mine from my years in high school, and he comes to visit me now and again when he’s in Vienna for business.

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