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.



















Hold my hand

My great love is to photograph couples in love. The more I photograph them, the more I learn about the chemistry between couples in love. When they are not aware of the camera, there is a sense of magic between them. I find it beautiful how some couples are so comfortable with each other that they could go from sitting and talking to kissing within a split second. The transition from one to the other is sometimes so quick that if I didn’t have them in frame, the moment would be lost. This makes me very excited when I come back home and discover such a moment between all the photographs I’ve taken on one of my photography walks.

What I find beautiful and fascinating is when couples hold hands. We all have a memory of the first time we held someone’s hand in a romantic sense. It’s usually the first touch, and the first feeling of ff being close. I think for a girl, it’s a wonderful feeling when a boy reaches out to take her hand. Of course with same sex couples it’s exactly the same and also a beautiful way to show affection.

I have read that the way couples hold hands says something about their relationship. I find do find it interesting although I wonder if the most important aspect of holding hands isn’t the fact that it gives a feeling of closeness, belonging and a sense of protection.

People sometimes ask me where I find the couples that I photograph and to give an honest answer, I never have to search to find them. Love is all around! There are so many couples in love in Vienna, just like anywhere in the world. We just have to look, to see!

I am sharing some of my favourite photographs of couples holding hands and also some beautiful quotes that describes the feeling beautifully

“Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone's hand is the beginning of a journey.

At other times, it is allowing another to take yours.”

Vera Nazarian

“Nothing in this world compares to the comfort and security of having someone just hold your hand.”

Richelle E. Goodrich

“I've sent you roses many times.

I've held your hand in mine”

Richard L. Ratliff

“I'm not asking you to walk in my shoes; I'd never wish my afflictions on anyone. But could you walk beside me on secure ground and reach to hold my hand?”

Richelle E. Goodrich

“Nothing, I learned, brings you into the present quite like holding hands. The past seemed irrelevant; the future, unnecessary.”

Catherine Lowell

“Only take someone's hand in a certain way, even look into their eyes in a certain way, and the world is changed forever.”

Iris Murdoch

“I felt sad.

I felt cold.

I felt hurt.

I felt forsaken and lonely.

I felt doubtful and hesitant.

I felt scared and deeply worried.

I felt different, unknown, and unwelcome.

I felt empty and woefully neglected.

I felt weak and intimidated.

I felt withdrawn and shy.

I felt utterly hopeless.

Then you held my hand,

and I felt better.”

Richelle E. Goodrich