I am finally getting off my butt and putting myself out there.
For as many years as I can remember I have been interested in both photography and videography. I am moving to larger and larger hard drives to store my media and have obtained a rather large collection of assets for someone who has always just done this for fun.
I have always been one to take pictures giving little to no thought about what I was doing and often heard people say “Wow, great composition.”, or “Good framing.”. Until recently I never gave much thought to what people meant by what they were saying, I just accepted it as a compliment.
Over the years I have gone from one camera to another, but never buying anything doing much research prior to purchase. In 2006 my family decided to go back to one of our favorite backpacking/camping locations and I wanted a light weight DSLR for the trip. I purchased a Nikon D50 kit for the trip having only two pieces of information. It was one of the lightest DSLR cameras at the time and the pictures were a lot better quality than anything I had seen out of a point and shoot.
After returning from my trip I would take photos of most occasions. And by occasion I mean trip to the zoo, gardens, parks, not just birthdays and vacations. But I would by no means say I was obsessed at that point. Between 2006 and 2007 I was only shooting about 7500 shots a year. Shortly after that I had a life change and photography again was put on the back burner and I was again only shooting as a hobbyist.
In 2009 a good friend of mine and I rebuilt a friendship that should never have demised. Over the years of our separation from each other he also found a passion for photography which rekindled the fire inside of me to go out and shoot. He also inspired me to look through the lens in many new ways. Until recently I preferred to take photographs of scenery, wildlife, nature, objects, but rarely would shoot people other than family and friends.
Why not people? I don’t know. I have always loved watching them. People amaze me. And I watch them everywhere. Malls, airports, restaurants, grocery stores, I could just go on and on here, but you get the idea. You never know what they are going to do, how they will look, or act. But if I had to guess it would be that people become uncomfortable when other people they don’t know are watching them. This makes photographing them even more difficult. The last thing I want is some form of confrontation over the fact that I love capturing moments.
So where is this going to take me? No idea. But life has always been an adventure and I can’t wait to see where this one goes. I have some ideas of some projects that I want to work on, and with the support of my beautiful wife, the inspiration of some great friends, and terrific artists I follow I have no doubt that I will succeed in at least enjoying every minute of doing something I love.