Life is full of chance events.
A few years ago a wonderful friend of mine came to visit me in Calgary as I was settling into the city and brought her digital SLR. The day she left I went out and spent every penny I had on an entry level Pentax. It was a chance event and an impulse decision but as I think about it now- the foundation had been laid for it years before.
When I grew up photos adorned the walls of my house and my parents developed film in their darkroom in the basement. I think I learned composition and how colours work from what they surrounded me with.
I've spent the time since my first camera purchase looking at the world through its lens and the many cameras and lenses that have followed. At first I kind of viewed it as an experiment to see how far I could take it without taking courses or seeking out mentorship. Because I had a solid career I could afford to learn through trial and error and refine my own skills and style. I don't know at what point photography really started to change me but over time it definitely did. I think in a lot of ways photography has begun to reprogram my brain to see the world in a different way. Wherever I am, I am constantly composing in my head and creating images even when I don't have my camera. I see art everywhere.
With the encouragement of my lovely and ever-supportive wife Jacquie I have been pushing my photography out of my comfort zone and trying to evolve as an artist every time I make pictures. I love the process of putting together the elements in a photo to create something that strikes an emotional response within people and makes them feel something they otherwise wouldn't.
I've photographed a lot of things over the years but people photography is really what I love. A friend of mine who models in New York recently told me that what he liked about my photography is that I am able to capture him the way he sees himself. This was a huge compliment coming from someone who has worked with the best fashion photographers in the world and made me think that maybe thats why I love people photography so much- I love to photograph people in a way that somehow conveys their essence or who they are. There is no feeling in the world like showing someone a photo I took of them and them saying, "thats so me- you captured it".
Last weekend I was shooting my friends wedding and it was one of the best days of my life. As I sat reflecting about what an amazing day it had been my wife turned to me and asked, "this is what you are going to do for the rest of your life isn't it?"
I feel more confident than ever when I say- yes it is.