On the dawn of this new year (and decade), I am reflective where my life has been in the past 10 years and where it's leading me to in the coming years. I am not any different than anyone else ... the past 10 years have been filled with joy, sadness, accomplishments, failures, successes, loss, pride, fear, love and triumphs. In a nutshell, I think anyone of us can say the same. But, the difference lies in the roads we travel and how each journey transforms who we are.
There are many journeys I have embarked on over the years and many others I have completed, but for the sake of this blog ... it's my photographic journey that will be my focus.
Having been interested in photography my entire life, it was no stretch when my co-worker and friend announced she was going to take a photography class ... I was signing up with her. We chose a course through the Adult Education system and landed in a basic photography class with a teacher whose name neither of us could pronounce. Little did I know I would later have a lot of practice pronouncing this same name.
Rod Deutschmann spoke about photography with such passion and drive, it would have been impossible to not be affected. And affected I was ... at a time when I needed something to believe in, Rod handed me a 'you can do it' card and gave me permission to experiment, to fail and then to create ... three experiences I have grown to crave, for it is in these experiences that expressionism is born. And it is through expressionism that I have found a way to present myself to the world.
Thus began my journey with a wonderful man (whose name I still am not sure I'm pronouncing right), not just into photography ... but in exploring less-traveled pathways and uncovering opportunities just waiting to be taken.
And as I look ahead, I'm sure that the road will be filled with more joy, sadness, accomplishments, failures, successes, loss, pride, fear, love and triumphs ... as it always is. But, it is in this journey ... and who I will be traveling it with ... that will make all the difference in the world.