Hey guys! I’m going to answer a interesting question that was put to me recently… Why Photography? Well this is the back story… Someone at work the other day asked me “What got you into photography?”
So today I thought I’d share the answer with you guys. It’s a little different than most… I wasn’t given a camera at a young age and the rest wasn’t history!
Well maybe it’s a little like that…
I got my first ever camera when I was around 14 or so I guess, and of course being of an age where digital was starting to take over the world, it was a digital camera. A little Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS2, a 5 megapixel point and shoot.
My first ever digital point and shoot camera, that would have me out there taking pictures with my best friend in the world (still my best friend in the world by the way, more than 10 years later)
My best friend and I loved it. We’d go for walks and take this little camera with us. Creating crazy selfies, before selfie was what we called them! And it was such fun. It was great coming home and editing the photos in even more crazy styles to put as our MSN profile pictures or onto our MySpace accounts (that’s what was cool back then!).
Yup, this is us when we were about 14! Super cool right? These are the kinds of pictures we lived to take. But we just didn’t realise it.
Despite this unknown love of photography with my best bud, I never really saw it that I loved photography. I simply did not know what to do with my life and as a few years passed, and we had to decide what we were going to do. I decided I was going to college to do Art and Design, primarily because it made me think about the world. About concepts, and I enjoyed that a lot. It had a photography module which I knew interested me so I thought what the hell…
And went along with it.
Studying Art and Design at college was interesting and they encouraged us to apply for universities. Although I was sure I didn’t want to go. Nevertheless I applied, choosing photography as I’d really enjoyed it at college and I got in!
I went to university and I kid you not I thought I was going to quit the first year, I really thought I’d be no good and that the photography module I’d done at college wouldn’t be enough for me and I’d feel stupid in front of all the other aspiring photographers.
But I didn’t quit…
And I graduated in 2013 with a BA (Hons) degree in Photography. Oh, and a 1st Class Honours at that… Me…? Really? And then I started to realise that I really shouldn’t doubt myself so much. If you work hard at what you love there’s room for you. There will be, because if you’re passionate about learning, it doesn’t matter if you don’t know straight away.
I mean that is what I was there for right? To learn!
And my best friend from earlier? Became my favourite model!
My best friend posing for a project I entitled “Senseless”.
So you could say I sort of fell into it. I wouldn’t say I found photography, I’d say photography found me. Guiding me through school with my friend, through college with a small module, and through university, and now through the rest of my life as it would seem!
There we go… that’s the big story of how I got into photography. It’s not much but without it I don’t know where I would be. I have goals and aspirations, and whether or not some of them work or not is the next photographic challenge.
And I’m loving the challenge… and I realised I always did. My life just happened to push me in the right direction… Thankfully!
Here’s a more recent one of us from 2014… Still best buds <3
So that is why photography. Thanks for reading!