My passion...or one of them.

It all started back in high school. I believe it was sophomore year. If not, junior year. I was in photo class. I used my dad’s old 35mm. It was amazing…yet frustrating at times…working in the darkroom. My teacher was very nice, and yet very critical at the same time. No hard feelings towards her for her criticisms! If you can’t take criticisms well, you really shouldn’t be in the art field. Because you get a lot of them.

After high school was over, I went to a private school in Grand Rapids, MI. They had ONE beginners photo class. I wasn’t interested. I’d much rather just take photos in my spare time…with my small point-and-shoot. I moved back home after two years and got a Cannon Rebel TI for Christmas [though that might have been while I was at school that I got it…]. It was film, but I’d just get the images on CD. I’d take many, many road trips with friends who shared my passion and we’d just take pictures. Abandoned houses, old factories…sometimes using each other as models.

After I moved home, I thought I wanted to be a photographer. Work for a magazine or something perhaps and sell my artwork on the side. To work for National Geographic was my dream…combining my love for other cultures and bringing attention to the plight of people in third world countries…for that bit I’d probably want to work for a different magazine.
After my second (ish) semester at IPFW (Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne), I realized that though I loved photography, I didn’t want to try to make it an occupation. I don’t have a competitive nature and wasn’t really interested in getting rejection after rejection. Ultimately, I can continue to create art through photography as long as I want. It doesn’t HAVE to be my job.

I received my Olympus Evolt for Christmas about a year after receiving my Cannon. This has obviously made my photography ventures more cost-effective. I love my camera. It takes great shots and I haven’t had any problems since the initial 2 cameras I had to go through. For some reason, the focus wouldn’t work on them, so we had to exchange it twice. But I ended up with a newer model in the end!

I try to get out as much as I can to shoot pictures, but it’s difficult with work and other things taking up my time…also, lack of gas money to drive places!!

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