I recently watched an interview with commercial photographer Erik Almas where he talked about the time he put in before hitting it big. Want to guess how many years?
In total, eleven:
- 4 years in school
- 3 years as an apprentice
- 4 years building his portfolio and marketing
He has a lot of great things to say about photography, but among my favorite quotes is
there are no short cuts to finding who you are.
With 25 trips to NYC as a family under our belt, I have been thinking a lot about my photography and how it has been evolving over time. It was not until our 18th trip that I actually brought my 35mm DSLR and went out for the first time to shoot seriously. That was April of 2012. Now, just two years later, we have this website, I upgraded my camera, and my desire to make images versus take pictures is stronger than ever.
Making images means my photography needs to become more personal, and reflect more of who I am and who I am becoming. To go beyond taking pictures requires opening more to the emotional context of my subject, be it a building, waterfall, person, or sunset. And in the construction of the image, realize that it will reflect back part of who I am and what I am feeling in the moment.
I know there are no short cuts in life, the best things come from lots of effort. My portfolio is still very much evolving, and images like the one today reflect my desire to push the limits not only of capturing scenes, but seeing what I can create in post-processing.
No matter what your creative talents may be, let your life speak through your creations. Then the personal will truly become universal.