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NYC (2012)

NYC (2012)

Tokyo [41] on Flickr.

Tokyo [41] on Flickr.

Tokyo [12]

Tokyo [12]

Tokyo [02]

Tokyo [02]

Tokyo [01]

Tokyo [01]

Receiving Warmth

Receiving Warmth

Vet

Vet

Los Angeles, Ca

Los Angeles, Ca

Light it Up

Light it Up

Light Reflection

Light Reflection

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Remember, not everything is a picture. A good eye can edit before the shutter opens. - Craig Coverdale

Justin Carter Interviews Me on Expanding Westward ›

Photography is my passion and street photography saved me. It gave me  purpose in life again. I started out like many photographers who owned a  point and shoot camera and then at some point figured out that it’s fun  to shoot and that the pictures I was taking were actually pretty good.  My little camera would go everywhere I’d go and I’d take pictures of  pretty much anything. Then after some time of going through photography  websites, blogs about gear, reading photography books, and playing with  friends’ cameras that I’d outgrown my point and shoot cameras. At the  time I felt that I wasn’t getting the type of images I saw on some of  the websites I had visited. So, I saved up and became a very happy and  proud new owner of a DSLR, a Nikon D90 with kit lens. Oh, yeah. Soon  after I bought it my friend, Kit, and I drove down to Hollywood and  started walking and shooting that evening. (Photo posted taken that  night) The smile on my face was cheek to cheek and I never looked back.  The first few photographers that I admired, respected, and that I found  inspiration from for street photography were Chris Weeks (35lux) with his e-book Street Photography for the Purist,  Roberto (Bear) Guerra, Trent Park, Felix Lupa, Stephen Wright, Markus  Hartel, Nils Jorgensen, Severin Koller, Frank Jackson and of course HCB.  I’ve found more photographers that I’ve admired and learned from the  last two years. Photography started out as an interest and something I  thought was fun to do and turned into something I wanted to do everyday.  Being that my background is in art and graphic design I also enjoyed  the processing side to photography and was used to sitting in front of  the computer and staying up all night. It just made sense. So  how did it save me? My life up until then was swallowed up by work. I  was stressed out and honestly I was not very happy. The work environment was toxic and I was becoming a  hermit too. The constant urge to go out and take pictures made me go  places and do things again. Whenever I had a chance I went out and  practiced. I then thought there had to be folks out in LA that were  like-minded and decided to attend an Eric Kim Street Photography  workshop after finding his blog when I was looking for X100 reviews. I  read through his blogs and liked his enthusiasm and common passion for  street photography. Through Eric’s workshop, I did not only learn more  about street photography but I also made great friends and fellow street  photographers. I received more encouragement within the group and from  folks who began to see my work. I continued to meet great street  photographers, some whom I had admired earlier on, and new friends that  shared my passion for street photography. I’m happy and grateful to have  found my passion in life. Last November I was laid off from the company  I had worked at for 10 years. A blessing in disguise, I am now able to  focus on photography and continue to hone and develop my skills in  photography and have more time to shoot the streets.

Photography is my passion and street photography saved me. It gave me purpose in life again. I started out like many photographers who owned a point and shoot camera and then at some point figured out that it’s fun to shoot and that the pictures I was taking were actually pretty good. My little camera would go everywhere I’d go and I’d take pictures of pretty much anything. Then after some time of going through photography websites, blogs about gear, reading photography books, and playing with friends’ cameras that I’d outgrown my point and shoot cameras. At the time I felt that I wasn’t getting the type of images I saw on some of the websites I had visited. So, I saved up and became a very happy and proud new owner of a DSLR, a Nikon D90 with kit lens. Oh, yeah. Soon after I bought it my friend, Kit, and I drove down to Hollywood and started walking and shooting that evening. (Photo posted taken that night) The smile on my face was cheek to cheek and I never looked back. The first few photographers that I admired, respected, and that I found inspiration from for street photography were Chris Weeks (35lux) with his e-book Street Photography for the Purist, Roberto (Bear) Guerra, Trent Park, Felix Lupa, Stephen Wright, Markus Hartel, Nils Jorgensen, Severin Koller, Frank Jackson and of course HCB. I’ve found more photographers that I’ve admired and learned from the last two years. Photography started out as an interest and something I thought was fun to do and turned into something I wanted to do everyday. Being that my background is in art and graphic design I also enjoyed the processing side to photography and was used to sitting in front of the computer and staying up all night. It just made sense.

So¬† how did it save me? My life up until then was swallowed up by work. I was stressed out and honestly I was not very happy. The work environment was toxic and I was becoming a hermit too. The constant urge to go out and take pictures made me go places and do things again. Whenever I had a chance I went out and practiced. I then thought there had to be folks out in LA that were like-minded and decided to attend an Eric Kim Street Photography workshop after finding his blog when I was looking for X100 reviews. I read through his blogs and liked his enthusiasm and common passion for street photography. Through Eric’s workshop, I did not only learn more about street photography but I also made great friends and fellow street photographers. I received more encouragement within the group and from folks who began to see my work. I continued to meet great street photographers, some whom I had admired earlier on, and new friends that shared my passion for street photography. I’m happy and grateful to have found my passion in life. Last November I was laid off from the company I had worked at for 10 years. A blessing in disguise, I am now able to focus on photography and continue to hone and develop my skills in photography and have more time to shoot the streets.