The Face, 2010
Hiking with my Backpacking class at Roanoke College. Great experience, though I should have taken it a bit more seriously.
I regret it a little, but it provides an important lesson; I fully understand the repercussions of taking time for granted and for this reason I keep going with my photography. If I’m lucky, I’ll look back in 10 years and see a road map of my life plastered on white walls.
Near Olin and across John’s Bridge, Roanoke College, 2010
The possibilities can be endless; looking back and looking ahead, they both go hand to hand, benefiting each other. One were things about ourselves are hopefully discovered and the other where those discoveries are then used to further guide us down our path.
It’s hard to, but never assume in this world. Different perspectives can quite easily lead to misunderstandings and miscommunications (and no one wants to be wrong). Instead, be clear and concise in hoping you’d be heard clearly and with intend.
Define your own failures, and success will define itself for you, rather it’s what you expect or not. Expect the unexpected and be surprised all the same. No one will say you didn’t do, when you did.
An Untitled Portrait of Nick
Here’s an old photo I have from my last year of college. I had just received my first digital camera that last Christmas and I had the habit of always taking pictures of my friends (I even had a colleague say my obsession was quite overbearing once, making her feel uncomfortable at times). Needless to say it was quite the challenge making a transition from film to digital.
Back then I was only focusing on capturing an appealing photo straight out of the camera (SOOC) by working to improve on my composition and timing; I mostly shot in high quality jpeg as well, though partially to save hard drive space. I didn’t even start to experiment with post processing, an important aspect of photography I didn’t realize, until after I graduated college.
Still, by always shooting I didn’t give myself time to delete photos or share them. In part, I contribute this to a lack of skill in determining which photos were good or bad. It’s taken some time, but now I know that an artist’s vision will help determine those distinctions and it’s something I didn’t quite develop until I began to experiment with post processing in Lightroom.
Work on your technique and eventually you’ll begin to see the potential in your own work; be confident and sell your vision.