One of the best pieces of advice I could ever give a young photographer or photojournalist is the first sentence of one of my favorite books, and is the one I struggle to follow also: It’s not about you. It’s about your readers, your subjects, and your community.

As long as I keep having casual thoughts, I'm always going to find something to photograph. I like the feeling that perhaps something I shot spoke to someone. That it made them think about something in a new way and whether that’s the case or not, I don’t think that’s possible to achieve if you don’t ponder about how you want people to perceive your photographs in the first place. I may be the person behind the lens but like Alex Garcia said, it’s not about me. It’s how you perceive what I do that I care about.