I guess now’s as good a time as any.
Going through so-called “life transitions” can be difficult and I come from a family where change is the watchword. It always seems as if the next upheaval is just around the corner. There are good transitions - new life, new love, new opportunities - and there are stressful, painful, sometimes heartbreaking transitions - instability, confusion, loss. Just when you think you’ve entered a time of peace, the avalanche occurs and you find yourself tumbling down a mountain, holding your breath, praying for something solid to grab onto.
I am in the middle of my 20s, the most opportunity-ridden time of a young person’s life, and several months ago, I found myself in a period of transition, feeling a little lost, not sure what the next step should be. Should I pack up and move across the world? Should I sell everything I own and join a monastery? Should I search for love, for riches, for thrills? Should I simply succumb to the inevitable, apply for a desk job, settle down, adopt a dog?
The age-old adage says for a person to “follow their heart.” I know in many ways that that’s easier said than done. But in this state of transition, I heard those words with new meaning… my heart wanders, certainly, and there are so many things I want out of life. I’m thirsty for knowledge, desperate for new sights, fervent in the desire to experience new things on a daily basis, but one thing remains consistent in my heart - I love beauty, and most of all, I love people and I love sharing their stories.
I grew up with a camera in my hand. I had a camera before I had a cell phone and I had a creative heart before I had a mature one. My skills were not immediate - I honed them over years of practice, years of exposure, years of tutelage under a mother who saw in pictures rather than in motion. Today that has manifested itself into the one thing I will always love - taking a photo, sharing it, and praying vigorously that people will fall in love with it and see themselves or the world through new eyes.
Perhaps I haven’t figured out where I want the end of the road to lead, but I know I intend to explore it through photographs. I hope you’ll join me on this adventure. Today, in March of 2014, I live in Dallas, Texas. I have a degree from Elon University in Film Production and another in New Media. I’m over-educated and under-experienced. I am 24 years old. I am figuring out life as I go along, as we all are, while the planet spins on uninterrupted.
I look forward to sharing my journey with you.