I started making memorable photos while I was still in the womb. My first significant image, titled Sonogram, was praised for its graininess, deliberate blurring of details, and gritty black-and-white mood. Earning two thumbs up from my parents, this photo only hinted at things to come. Since then, I have won countless awards and accolades, including more than one “Certificate of Participation,” dozens of “Good Sportsmanship” plaques, and the coveted “Busy Bookworm” award with a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut. My mantel long ago collapsed under the weight of gold-painted, plastic trophies...
In all seriousness... In 2015, after designing a logo for a local restaurant chain to earn some extra spending cash, I decided I'd better put up or shut up when looking (nay, judging) other people's work. I figured if I was going to evaluate what I liked and didn't like, I'd better be able to do it myself or sit down. After a beginner's class at First Photo in Duluth, MN, countless YouTube videos, and hours of experimenting in my living room on my coffee table and cat, I find myself here.
Even if nobody looked at the images I create, I realize beginning this journey has forever changed how I view the world. I am willing to drive 3 hours round-trip to see one particular tree at sunset, or get up at sunrise and go stand on a frozen lake for the off-chance it might look cool. The fact that others appreciate and enjoy the work I produce is more than I could ever imagine, and the idea that my photos adorn the walls of people's homes and businesses will always humble me.
Thanks for reading, and more importantly thanks for looking! (Sidenote: This photo is as close as you'll ever get to seeing me volunteering. Ironically, I HATE having my picture taken.)