Today, I was sitting around eating lunch and watching TV shows on Netflix when I received a text message from my brother. Wait a second, let me back up and explain bit more of a back story on why this text message was/is “blog worthy”. I’ve always had this dream of traveling and taking photographs along the way, not necessarily for to sell them, my thoughts never went beyond the actual experience of taking them. Sadly enough I haven’t gotten to do as much traveling as I would have liked, and I only have photos from the St.Louis area, but it appears that exact thing might change. OK so back to the text message, I’ve already told you it was from my brother and I’ve giving you the hint that I might finally be able to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, now I tell you exactly what it is…and more importantly where it is.
He text-ed me telling me that he might being to New York to do some training for his job. He went on to invite me to go along…I don’t think that most of you will realize how grand of a opportunity this is for me. Ever since I pressed my eye up to a viewfinder of a camera when I was a kid I always dreamt of doing something along this sort.
At the current moment I’m unemployed, and I have no money, and my art career is going nowhere fast. What better time then now?
Well in fact I wouldn’t be leaving until the end of march if this trip actually happens. I’m hoping it dose.
Don’t get me wrong I love St.Louis and I don’t have any plans on leaving on a permanent basis …but this is something…that for my dreams…I have to do.
A friend of mine came to me today asking if I have any pointers for someone starting out in photography. For some reason I had this out of body experience where I was telling him yes I had pointers but if I was going to teach him it was gonna be the right way, which meant giving him a crash course in every aspect of photography the way I see it. I Found myself typing out this “lesson” which I tell him to go take this many pictures and this many should be in this setting, this many should be of this other setting and this many should have this particular element in them. I Saw myself Finishing up the word document and I was blown away, it sounded super official and like I was some sort of professional photography teacher, hell normally I don’t even call myself a photographer, let alone a teacher. After typing out his first lesson, I went ahead and sent it to him, and I found myself thinking towards the future lessons I had in mind.
Anyways, I’m gonna stick with it and continue to teach him everything that I know. Why not? Perhaps I’ll teach him something useful, or that he will actually learn something and still enjoy running around with his face pressed up against the back of his camera with his eye mashed into the view finder.
I wish someone would have taught me on a more personal level. I learned everything threw looking at photos and reading Q&A sections posted online with some of my favorite photographers. I did have some instruction threw the editing process but nothing really with the actually capturing of the photograph its self. I’m not trying to complain, in fact I find it humbling that someone likes what I’ve done enough to ask me to teach them about it, even thought I’ve still got ton’s to learn.
If you would like to get the “lessons” that I’m giving my “student” comment or email me, perhaps I’ll agree to teach you what I know as well.