I purchased my first DSLR camera back in 2013, taking a giant leap-of-faith into a hobby in which I knew literally nothing about. I've always had a desire to learn as much as I possibly could, and I strive to learn as many new things as I can. By purchasing my first DSLR, I knew I would be able to learn a new skill, as well as capture the world how I saw it.
Over the course of the following few years, I tried learning as many aspects of photography as I could, and have developed a true passion for capturing the world. While this new passion wasn't obvious to me at first, it wasn't until after taking a film-photography class a few months after purchasing my first DSLR that I realized my love for photography. By taking the class, I was able to develop a much greater understanding of the basic concepts of exposure, composition, film-development, post-production, and even how to take/give constructive criticism. Having such a knowledgeable and passionate instructor didn't hurt either, and I owe a great deal of my knowledge and passion for photography to him. Even just working with friends and seeing how they do things is always a way for me to learn a thing or two.
Throughout the last few years, I have been able to grow on that knowledge and passion by always trying to explore, as well as seeing something new every day. I have had the opportunity to see many cool places, meet tons of awesome people, and, above all, capture tens of thousands of images, each with their own level of sentimental value to me.
While undoubtedly a frustrating hobby, photography is still ever-rewarding. There is an indescribable feeling of visualizing an image - the exposure settings, the composition, the editing in post - and being able capture that picture, exactly how you imagined it. Aside from that, seeing your work on prints, canvas, metal, on someone's wall, in someone's house - that's on a level of it's own!
Being able to spend time with friends, as well as some new people, all while bonding over something like photography is always such a eye-opening experience that has continuously pushed my passion even further. Following the works of other famous photographers is truly inspiring, and seeing the world through the lens of famous, and even not-so-famous photographers, continuously fuels an endless fire of inspiration.
At the top of Mt. Monadnock, NH.
Photo by Ava Mack