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It all started with light

I was recently honored with the request to give a talk on photography. It was an amazing opportunity that required me to look at my own work and process as a photographer.

I learned so much about myself and fell in love with photography all over again. I revisited the key points in my past that helped me develop into the photographer I am today.

In October of 2008, I took a study break. It was one of those warmer than usual days. I was walking around my parents' front lawn, awing over how the setting sun was bringing out the orange and yellow hues in the leaves that had already fallen to the ground. I came across this mushroom. It was orange, yellow, and small.

 

What grabbed my attention about this little mushroom was how the light brought out the yellow tones in one side of it, and the shadows deepened the orange on the other side. I also noticed the tonal differences between the two and how there was a soft band of yellowish orange in between.

This was the moment I fell in love with light.

In 2009, I discovered motion. 

This composition of leaves interested me at first because of how the light lit up certain parts of the leaves. It created a contrast between those leaves and the dark reflections in the water. But then I noticed that when the wind blew, the leaves would move and create these tiny ripples in the water.

This was the moment I fell in love with motion.

In 2013, I made the decision to follow my passion. I went for a walk during sunset through a beautiful field of gold. I saw how the dynamic light transformed the field from normal to spectacular. I made the decision to push myself further and challenge myself with every shot taken. I would focus on composition, technical skills with my camera, and most importantly, I would follow the light.

I haven't stopped learning, experimenting, and growing since. It all started with that little mushroom and the love for light.