My first photography class was in the second semester of my tenth grade year. Since then almost every hour spent awake has involved my reading about photography, looking at photography, and making photographs of my own so that I can improve and develop as a photographer. As a new amateur, improvement for me meant getting better at the technical aspects such as exposure, composition, basic skills that can be taught to any student. Though I still work on mastering these skills now, in more recent years I learned that photography is not just a technical craft. Memorable photographs, the work of the masters of the craft possess something greater, they possess vision.
When I first started to make photographs learning the technical aspects seemed daunting, but now that I have a decent amount of technical abilities under my belt I see that the real challenge is my vision. My first photography classes in college were spent trying to demystify this new challenge. How do I go about seeing the world in a new way? How do I make photographs that will capture the attention of those that see them? These questions are still unanswered but given the opportunity to work on them for the rest of my life, I will have more than enough time to find some answers. If I could earn a living off of doing what I spend most of everyday doing then I can help others realize that they could do the same as well.