Happy blizzard 2015! It’s incredible to see my street completely empty. There is usually parking on both sides of the road but yesterday Boston called for a snow emergency so all the cars had to move. Luckily, we were able to park in the visitor lot before it filled up.
I am taking today as the perfect day to watch movies and catch up on various things I want to do: writing this post, making a layout for something, and updating my hard drives – all while watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. I am a slave to television and movies in that most of the time I like to work with it on in the background. Keeps me company? Also feeds my inability to fully concentrate on one thing. I’d say the only time I am concentrating on one things 100% is when I’m photographing – even then though I am thinking about all the things that need to be done to make the photograph.
Anyways, looking back through my old hard drives is really cool. It’s neat to see what I did earlier in college and even before college. It makes sense but I see how my aesthetic has maintained fairly consistent since I took my first photography class in high school – minimalist, strong shapes, landscapes.
I also have found old printmaking pieces I did as a freshman in college. I really enjoyed printmaking. My teacher tried to convince me to major in printmaking instead of photography saying, “Do you know how many photographers are in the world? Do you know how many printmakers there are?” It didn’t change my mind but I was flattered.
Printmaking Final, 2011
I wonder how my life would be different if I had chosen a different major. I used to watch to be an architect but after taking a precollege architecture course, I realized I didn’t like building models. I feel like photography suits be perfectly. I can’t create stuff out of nothing. If you gave me a blank piece of paper and a pen, I’d draw a stick figure or some graphic thing. Photography gives me a background for me to be creative in. It is also something that can be fine art or commercial.
Sometimes I think about what would have happened if I went to a commercial photography school. I hopefully would have learned more about lighting and digital capture but I also might have missed on the nuances in photography that I have come to love so much.
I hope that in my pursuit of wedding photography, I will be able to find that balance between commercial and fine art. I also hope to make money $$$.
Camera Notes: 35mm film b&w