My interest in photography started at a young age. At the age of twelve I received my first video camera. For two years I used the camera and became familiar with the basics. As time progressed, I developed an artists perspective on the world around me. My camera could not keep up with my growing interest to explore the world through a lens. I needed to upgrade to a camera with more manual features.After saving a while, I purchased a new video camera. This camera taught me about the laws of exposure. Aperture, shutter speed, gain and white balance. I began to research and study the field of photography more on my own and soon I decided to buy an even better camera that could further advance me.Writing was something I was doing more and more of. My school teachers were encouraging me to make more films and write more. When my camera, the canon gl1, arrived I decided to make a short film with one of my friends. Gabe and I planned out a film and worked for over 100 hours on the project.The two of us brought the final product into our film class at school and our film teacher loved it. At this time, Gabe and I were in ninth grade and the school had arranged a film course for us and a few other students. Our film was shown to the high school and received good feedback. We decided to enter it into a few film festivals.Less than a year later we heard back from a film festival in Westport Connecticut that our film was to be shown. There were student films from all over the country, and a few from other parts in the world. To our great surprise, Gabe and I took the award for Best Drama in the festival.When tenth grade began, I had been continuing my work with films. Pixelations, animations, claymations, and all sorts of different film types. One afternoon I came home and checked my email to find that Gabe and I had won yet another film festival for our movie, Frames. This time, the festival was out in Anaheim California.Around then I had been getting more and more involved with still photography. The year prior, I had purchased my first still camera. I had done jobs for my school, paid work for the public relations department. Sport events, fund raising, campus photography, portraits, student life and many hours spent behind a computer making pamphlets.My second still camera I purchased is the one I still use to this day, my canon 20d. I have shot a wedding, continued to do sports photography, band photography, and event photos for many different people. My personal focuses and interests lean towards night photography and imaging what the human eyes cannot naturally see. My camera is my third eye and I very much enjoy taking a picture and seeing something that my eyes cannot. A night landscape, a frozen movement, or a blurred moment. I love seeing the world with a different perspective.Currently I am out and about experimenting with my camera. Still doing some freelance work and continuing to learn more and more about Photoshop. I am mostly self-taught and constantly craving knowledge that will make me a better photographer.Just recently, I have taken the grand prize for my image entitled “Scintillant Phantom” in an international student photography competition held by Olympus. I am working constantly to get my work out in the world and soon I will be making my own web page.I am 17 years old and a junior in high school. I will be pursuing photography on a college level in only a matter of time. Check out my work and feel free to contact me and let me know what you think! Enjoy!