My first camera was a 35mm disposable camera my dad placed in my hands before school one day, circa early 1990s. “The best camera is the one that’s with you.” No other camera fit the bill better. I shot the entire roll during recess, and brought home photos of arms, legs, a lollipop, the ground, and my finger covering the lens.
If it’s not obvious yet, this is a story about how I was destined to become a photographer.
Fast forward to 2011, after leaving a career in architecture, I acquired my first medium format film camera, a Mamiya C330. I was entirely certain that just holding this camera in my hands made me a better photographer. I purchased some film and began my love affair with analog photography. It turns out, not all love affairs get off to a smooth start. The first time I tried to load film into the camera, I sweat for an hour and gave up. For much longer than I'm willing to admit, all I made were mistakes, botched exposures, and blurry photos. On a rare occasion, I would receive an image back from the lab that made me squeal with delight, and I was hooked again.
My journey into photography taught me the importance of light, to slow down and shoot intentionally to make every frame count, and, most importantly, always load film into the camera first! I've since adopted digital gear as my photographic medium, but my process remains the same.
A good image moves people. I believe photography is as much an artistic expression as it is an opportunity to connect with others and allow genuine moments to unfold. With good light, every click of the shutter is a chance to create something beautiful.
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