On March 20, 2016, I ordered a Panasonic LX100 and decided right then and there that I was going to become a photographer. When the camera was ordered I stayed up until sunrise watching 'The Art of Photography' videos on Youtube until I had learned enough to go and tell everybody I knew what I was talking about. I was naively excited to get 'the whole photography thing' going and conveniently enough the camera only a few weeks before my trip to Nepal. Until that trip I only took a few photos on my shiny new toy, and instead opted to tell people how I was already a photographer. So in reality, I didn't actually start to try to live up that title until I got there.
The photos from that time are like Elementary School friends, I don't go out of my way to say hi to them but whenever I walk past one, usually looking for someone else, I make an effort to say spend a few seconds with them. They sit as far back as my Lightroom catalogue goes, waiting for my to scroll by. I'm still proud of them, and theres some I feel are still genuinely portfolio-worthy. But I know I've come really far since then.
When I got back from Nepal I decided to return my camera. I returned it and instead bought a Fujifilm X-T1 with a 35mm f.2 and 55-200mm f3.5-4.5. It was the best choice I ever made, and to this day my X-T1 is always glued to me. I've picked up and sold some lenses since then, but I can see that the change in camera affected me positively as a photographer. I'll talk more about that on the one-year anniversary of buying my X-T1, so look forward to that!
I've taken more photographs I'm proud of than I can count so I decided that I would simply just put 10 of my favorite photographs from this year up and let the work just speak for itself.
This last year has been one of self discovery. I've learned so much about not only this art but also about my connection to it. I don't think I'd be as well off without photography. It's given me the ability to connect to people easier, something I've always felt weak at. It's given me an outlet to create and an excuse to look longer. My camera has been like a life-coach and a best friend following me everywhere for a year, and every year from here on out.
I'd also like to thank a handful of people helped break me into photography and only elevated my passion for it.
Ted Forbes, Michael Koonce, Ted Viera, Shoji Ueda, Saul Leiter and every person I've ever photographed (because you have no idea how scary it was for me to ask you for your photo).