I was just wondering how many of you decided to make Photography a Hobby or even a Career. Me ? i Started back in 2010 because that's the year i got my first DSLR. But the thing that encouraged me to ask my parents to buy a Camera is back in the Summer of 2010. My uncle went home from Ireland and he has his own DSLR. The first time i used his camera. I immediately Fell in Love with Photography. So i immediately went to youtube and studied Photography all by myself, no mentors. But the real thing that kept me attached to Photography is that i'm able to Capture Priceless Moments of People's Lives through Photography.
I shared mine, What's Your Story ?
I am 49 years old and I can remember being the kid in 2nd grade taking a crappy little camera on field trips. I put my images into albums to save them. I was always artistic growing up in ways other than photography also. My senior year in high school I had three different art courses. All of that art education on composition, balance, color and lines now comes to work for me every time I pull my camera to my eye. I never truly decided to be artistic or to be a photographer, I believe fate simply led me that direction. My career has included many highlights that have seen my images published many times, others used in world wide marketing campaigns for a product, shot for a professional soccer where 1000's of my images have been autographed by the players and sold to the fans. I have shot weddings in the woods and weddings where the parents spent 1/4 million dollars on the event. I taught five different photo courses at our local college. All of that has led me to what I seem to truly enjoy the most. Just shooting for me! Give me an old building, a city scape, old vehicles, a marble, basically anything that catches my eye and I am very content without all of the notoriety and fanfare that some of my previous work has brought me.
I started back in the 50's I found my Dad's Polaroid Land camera I was 10 years old and would do odd jobs to buy film, taking pictures of people places and things, then in my teens I got into cars, I borrowed a friends Pentax K1000 to take pictures at a car drag strip, when the film was developed my friend asked me "who took these pictures?" I started selling my pictures every week at the race track to car owners, I got picked up by a local news paper and photo jobs from other Companies and magazines, I was selected as the photographer for the Ellis Island Group back in the 80's to photograph the renovation of the Statue of Liberty back in the 80's and even have my name on the plaque in the lobby of the Tin Lady along with other people that worked on the project.
Then in the late 90's I started to get into digital today I read, talk and listen to anyone I can about bettering my skills.
I love making pictures and MSS has help me tremendously.
For me photography was a natural step to take with my love for travelling, nature, and exploring new places. If I'm going to take this opportunity to go off on my own and have adventures and see new things... I want to be able to share it, I want to express it. I want to bring something back. Photography is a way to share things with friends from different parts of the country... it is an attempt to share some part of my experiences with those who couldn't be there; to show people things they otherwise might not notice and might never have the opportunity to appreciate. I always hope my pictures inspire people to have more of their own adventures and seek new experiences, see new places, and put themselves in new unfamiliar settings. For me taking an interest in the world around me and exploring something new on a personal level has always been very inspiring. I find it very beneficial to break out of our little boxes of familiarity and have completely new experiences as often as possible. For me that is profound, it opens my eyes- makes me hopeful and allows me to see opportunity. Such experiences heal me and send me back into my regular life-- old familiar relationships and situations with new perspectives, new ideas. Having great pictures to remember those adventures by and to share with others just makes it all the sweeter. With photography, at very least, people get to see one angle, one view-- of the places I try to express. A set of photos may not be as profound as the experience that generated them, but at least good pictures give others a little taste.