word-forming element meaning "light" or "photographic" or "photoelectric," from Greek photo-, comb. form of phos (genitive photos) "light," from PIE root *bha- (1) "to shine" .
Philia (/ˈfɪljə/ or /ˈfɪliə/; Ancient Greek: φιλία), often translated "brotherly love", is one of the four ancient Greek words for love.
Okay, so this is a made up word but for the last 5 years it is what I have used to describe what drives me and has been a part of my life since I was 15.
I grew up in a working class neighbourhood in Birmingham England and through a mixture of ignorance, social conditioning and lack of proper guidance from teachers, I never thought anything artistic was worth pursuing until I realised I would rather be doing nothing than not pursuing art - and doing nothing was not an option.
That led me to focussing on acting as a career choice but music and photography have always been with me.
And so now although I have never been anything that could be classed as a professional, I have seriously pursued this hobby, and for the first time in a long time I am as comfortable as I can be with this aspect of my life that I am now sharing it - even though I have not put as much effort into it as I should have mainly because I have always felt I have been wasting time and several thousand pounds (and now dollars) in the pursuit of capturing still images.
Whatever - the real word that describes my drive to shoot is:
Scopophilia or scoptophilia, from Greek "love of looking", is deriving pleasure from looking. As an expression of sexuality, it refers to sexual pleasure derived from looking at erotic objects: erotic photographs, pornography, naked bodies, etc
BUT - this focuses almost exclusively on the sexual arousal that is derived from looking at objects and not enough on the simple pleasure of looking - and in my case - photographing what I see around me. So fotografilia will have to do. It is a word associated with other photographers on the interwebs and so I have used a phonetic spelling to remove myself from those other photographers who use the word.
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