The first time photography was part of my life was in university 20 years ago. I wrote for the student newspaper and bought a used Canon AE1 so I could take photographs to go with my stories. After university I did some travel photography.
Back then I lived in a darkness. My images were journalistic in style and focussed on problems in the world, sad stories, homeless people and I even had a whole series on graveyards. It is as if I lived in a world full of only bad things.
When digital photography came out, I gave up on it all together thinking now everyone could make a perfect photograph. It took me a decade to realize that isn’t true, and when I picked up a camera again my view of life began to change. By nature, I see all the negative things in the world. That comes easy. I have to put effort into seeing the good so I made a decision to only photograph beautiful things.
When I see a scene I try to find what is good here? What is beautiful here? And slowly I started to feel like I was coming out of the darkness. I changed. Using photography to guide what I focus on every day is changing my outlook on life. Now I see the goodness and beauty in the world and it makes me a happier person.
Last year I took another leap. I gave up my home in Victoria, BC, closed my software consulting business, bought an RV and hit the road for the life of a nomadic photographer. I wanted a happier more fulfilling life. I wanted the life I dreamed about. I know it is not easy, but I figure other people are doing it so why not me? People tell me I am brave and they wish they could do what I did. For me, it felt like the only option that was right and good.
I hope my story and images will inspire other people to change the way they view the world and the way they live their lives. Changing your life is not as difficult or scary as it seems! What is scary is not doing it.
Do you find yourself thinking that the world is an evil place and there is nothing good here? I challenge you to find something beautiful and study it. It can be as small as a blade of grass or a pattern of shadows. It can be pretty light on any subject. But study it and you will see a glimmer of good.
If you want to take your photography to the next level, use my recipe: vision + technique + business planning to make a new life for yourself. You too can change your dream into a journey just by changing your focus.
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