In 2006, I decided to head back to college. Not sure where I was headed in life. I decided I would focus on things that were fun for me. I thought life as an artist would be peaceful, more and likely low paying, but it was something that I enjoyed.
I signed up for a Multimedia Communications & Designs degree. It was so much fun. I took drawing classes in the morning and finished the afternoon with photography.
This was probably the point in my photographic career that had the most impact. I can still hear my professor saying, follow the rules, sunny 16, composition…etc. Memorize, watch out for, blah blah blah. Then I realized 2 weeks before finals. I collected what I thought was the best images I had taken and showed it to my professor.
Flipping through my port, she looks at me and says. You know the rules. But your port is missing something. I ran the check list in my head. No way! I checked everything several times. I met the criteria…I know I did.
This stuff must be boring to you. Don’t worry about the grade, from your portfolio alone you will make the grade. Why don’t you go out and photograph something you enjoy.
That is what I want to see, that is where you will develop your style.
My crazy journey began from that point.