I saw on the world wide web this morning that it is World Photo Day. I wish all the interwebs would tell me automatically, in advance, of a certain day for this and that I love, don’t you? maybe next year!
So, in doing a bit of research, which is what I basically do for a day job I have found out that some folks have been officially initiating August 19th as this day for photography since 2009. Other attempts have been made before that. but it looks like this has taken and is sticking. What’s nice is it doesn’t appear to be initiated as some sort of commercial promotion which is pretty rare in this day and age…
So, I said, cool! It’s almost like a birthday or Christmas for people like me! Then I went to work. Much of my time at work each day is spent at Facebook, professionally, working for clients. All day long I’ve seen other photographers take on the day. It got me thinking…
Photography has been a part of my life since as far back as I can remember. By High School it was pretty much a solid hobby. As long as I can remember, I’ve been the guy with a camera at most of the things I’ve done through all the years. I never seriously thought it could be a vocation. After all, I need to earn a living and provide for others. I kicked out stained glass art early on for the same reason. But my passion for capturing the image has never waned.
A year or two ago I found time lapse. Without giving it a second thought, I jumped headlong into it. I wanted to create the kind of imagery that I saw from Mr. Laforet, Mr. Rich, Mr. Frost and Mr. Roy2K, the Permagrin kids and so many others! Like anything, wanting to do something and actually acquiring the equipment and skills to do something take a lot of practice! And practice I did!
Now, I actually consider myself a professional image maker and am becoming well versed in cinematography, time lapse as well as becoming a much better photographer along the way! Where will this take me? I have no idea. And I continue to keep my day job but have found a way to fit it all in. Hint: you basically have to have what others would call, have “no life.”
I have personal projects and client projects I’m juggling now that take every waking moment that I am not at the j-o-b. I love it and want to do more. I’m trying to travel specifically for photography more often. I ingest every blog post, story, and quip about these things I love.
Bottom line for those of you finding yourself reading this: Follow your passion. Don’t let it slip away. Sure, things get in the way from time to time. Deal with it!