The image that started it all. Florence Italy, 2013. Edited in Instagram.
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Ok- here goes! A funny thing has happened since I picked up my first camera only a little more than 3 years ago...my life changed. It all started for me when I took a family trip to Italy. Well...of course I needed to get a new camera! Little factoid about me...I am a techie. Always has been-always will be. I can sit with the guys at parties and talk android vs iphone, computers, mega pixels, mega bytes and all other techie stuff as well as an man in the room. I have also been very creative, but never really knew how to channel it or what to do with it. I don't paint or sing or draw or dance (does zumba count?). However, I was always fascinated with photographs. I would take them and make basic collages in the days before collages were a drop in the bucket. And then came along instagram where I could play with them, filter them, colorize them and make them black and white right on my phone! But the true passion began in Italy. I bought a long lens point and shoot camera and did not put it down the entire vacation. Ironically, when I got home it broke. Luckily, I bought it from Costco and my 3 month warranty had not run out yet. So I returned it and "upgraded" to my first DSLR, a Nikon d3100. I will never forget the day I placed the camera box on the edge of my bed, opened the flaps and looked at this scary, scary piece of equipment. It had dials and settings that I just didn't understand! In that moment I knew that I was not going to just be one of those moms walking around with their "fancy" new camera and keep in on automatic. If I did that I could just as well have replaced the broken camera with the exact same model, and saved myself $300 dollars! Nope- I was going to learn how to use this thing! I thought to myself " I am going to make the extra $300 worth it!". After all, I don't have to buy anything else ever again for this hobby! Right? My nifty camera came with a long lens, a wide lens and a 16mp card. I was done and ready to jump in. Little did I know that I was now entering one of the most expensive "hobbies" ever (she says 3 camera bodies later, 6 professional lenses, triggers, lighting, filters and other odds and ends).
THREE YEARS LATER
Ok- now I am boring you with technicalities..so I shall move on to my point! It is 3 years later, hours upon hours of learning, reading, watching videos, taking workshops, and I have more passion for this than ever. People ask me all the time "what is your favorite thing to photograph?". I answer honestly- EVERYTHING! I love to take photos of adorable children in fields, sunrises, sunsets, moonrises, mountains, oceans and even waterdrops!! For me it is not the subject as much as it is the creative release. I want to create! " Create??" you say to yourself. "But you are a photographer who is capturing a moment in time, you don't create it". But that is not the way I perceive photography.
PHOTOGRAPHY IS AN ART
If I were a photojournalist, then yes, I would be preserving the events as they had happened. But for me, photography is an art, a visual journey of consciously snapping moments and presenting them to the world through my minds eye. And the sheer fact that people like what I am creating is something that I don't ever think I will be able to process completely! Friends and family members have been more than encouraging, but of course what else were they going to say! However, taking the risk and putting my work on Facebook for the review of strangers has been extremely humbling. I am in awe at times of the comments and praise, something I hope I will never, ever just take for granted. And over the last 15 months I have entered and been accepted into over nine Juried Photography competitions, was the Grand Jury Prize winner of one of them, had a solo Gallery Exhibit (at a wine bar on Long Island, which of course I had to go "visit" every week! ), and had one of my photographs hung in a gallery in NYC! Talk about obliterating my goals! Three years ago, not only did I not think this could not happen to me, but even more so, I didn't know that I WANTED it to. In my mind, I am still in the beginning of a never ending journey of learning! And I hope I always am!
SO-WHY A BLOG? WHAT-YOU WANT TO BECOME A WRITER NOW TOO?
And now we have finally come to the point of this blog. A funny thing happened since I have had the solo exhibit in Northport, NY at the Wine Cellar on Main. Well..the first thing was that I frequented that establishment no less than 6 times, leading to a large increase in my wine intake (not such a terrible thing!). More importantly, since all of the photos that were hung in that particular show were of local areas around Long Island, NY, I have had a lot of people ask me about their exact location, and about my experience taking each shot. In talking to many individuals, I realized that each piece holds a significant memory or experience that I hold near and dear and would like to share. I think once per week I will post a landscape photo on this page and share the backstory behind it. Sometimes it will be of Long Island, other times not. Either way, it will be a journey!
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