It has taken me 20 years to be comfortable with the title of "Photographer." I have no formal training aside from IB Art in high school. For many years I abandoned my craft for lack of direction and confidence; which was crippling, because I see the world in still images. I have seen scenes that I have regretted not capturing. I've seen moments that should have never been forgotten. Through photography, you can capture life as it is, crystalizing emotions it in a permanent state.
6 years ago I pick my camera back up and I have not put it down. Someone once asked my why I take pictures. My answer was simple. "I just have to." Photography fulfills my need to create. In a world with disappointment and sorrow, it allows me to focus on the good. If I am to capture moments, I prefer to capture joy and beauty that encompasses us all. This I have found to be quite therapeutic.
As I grow as an artist, my craft has challenged me to confront my fears and insecurities, which in the end has made me grow. I am not the best, or the most skilled, but I am here. I learn from each images, evaluating my intention but also identifying my mistakes and learning from them. I am a "photographer", but I prefer the title "student". I am always learning and know that there is so much more to learn.
I create stories, I show beauty and I find immense gratitude that I allow myself to see the world in this way.
“A photograph is a moral decision taken in one eighth of a second. ”
Salman Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet