I’ve learned a lot this year about what it means to be a photographer and I can tell you that the better part of this understanding has little to do with the technical intricacies of the craft. Very often I’m tickled by the newness of every moment. I like to think I’m full of curiosity and it’s this intrigue that has invariably left me with questions about anything and everything that interest me and I just so happen to lean towards photography to document my findings. Photography has changed my view of humanity, it’s made me what I believe a better person.
There’s been instances where my wife and I haven’t seen eye to eye about me venturing out with friends to explore and photograph but my rationalization has been that I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t stay out late and return at ungodly hours and so the only I unapologetic addiction I do have is my camera and the breaks it’s given me to stay grounded, to unwind, to find peace, to appreciate the smaller things in life and to find and express the creative voice I like to think I have. Doing what you love inspires to be more creative and I very much believe in doing creative stuff everyday even if it’s with my phone.
As James nicely puts it - "A healthy life involves creativity" so I can't imagine not continuing to do what I've done up to this point with my camera.