Since I was a kid I have always been interested in the arts. Drawing, music, and photography have always been an outlet for me. I never took it seriously, it was just something I enjoyed. I would carry my sketch book everywhere, and I always had my headphones plugged into my discman. I would draw during class. I would spend my breaks in the art studio. I would come home from school, run up to my room, dump my school bag on the floor and get right back to sketching. It was my favourite distraction from the real world and one of the only ways I knew how to express my emotions.
As I got older, I became more interested in photography. As someone who is also heavily interested in technology, it only made sense that I would want to produce masterpieces digitally. I bought my first digital camera when I was 16. Just a simple point and shoot, but I felt like I ruled the world. I ventured out right away, taking photos of everything. I would upload them and edit them a little, but I would never be fully satisfied with the final product. I didn’t know exactly what the issue was, or how to fix it. I just thought I didn’t have “it”. Eventually, after being filled with frustration, I sold my camera.
It wasn’t until March 2017 that I began to take my interest in photography seriously. Picking up a cheap DSLR and surrounding myself with a group of supportive friends who have taught me best practices, editing and shooting techniques and who are constantly there to encourage me has been crucial to my growth. I’m finally putting out content that I feel proud of, and even through my times of frustration, or creative blocks, I try to remember to enjoy the journey.
I’m still that same kid, roaming the city with my headphones in. The only difference is my sketch book has been replaced by my camera, my small town has been replaced by skyscrapers and my easel has been replaced by my MacBook.
Thanks for riding it out with me, we still have a long way to go…