Photography isn’t only a job for me… photography has become a bit like a language. I’ve often found that people can know me for a long time, get pictures taken by me and then feel like they know me even better.
I worked in the corporate world before I became a photographer. There is absolutely nothing wrong with working in an office, it’s just I’m not made that way. I don’t know how to not push boundaries, I don’t know how to not work authentically, I don’t know how to not be just a little bit different in a beautiful way. That is who I am.
For a long time I didn’t get why I didn’t fit in at work. I didn’t receive one customer complaint in all the years I worked, but my coworkers and bosses just didn’t get me most of the time. I once got written up for posture. I was leaning back in my chair with my legs up and I had my eyes closed while talking to a customer on the phone… what my boss didn’t care about out was that I was helping a customer through a very technical problem that no one else in the office knew how to fix, and I was doing it from memory. I didn’t do the job his way and so I got written up.
When I decided to quit my last job, I had no plan, I just knew there had to be a reason I didn't fit in there and that I needed to quit attempting to do a job made for someone who could do it their way. One of my coworkers told me “You are going to regret this, this is the biggest mistake you’ll ever make.” She wanted me to change, to be who they wanted, but I knew I couldn't. I didn’t figure out I wanted to be a photographer for a whole year and a half later and that time wasn't easy. When I became a photographer, she was one of the first to line up for my work. A few months later she and I were talking and we encountered another subject that I knew she and I would differ on. Her response this time was like night and day. She said “That’s okay you’re an artist, you’re allowed to be different.”
Who I was hadn’t changed but the camera helped her to see that I just see things differently. I learned a really big lesson that day about “Perspective.”
We all have a way we see things… our Perspective is unique to who we are. When I found photography, or it found me I’m not sure, I found a way to weigh others Perspective of me in my favor. That whole experience showed me the further I lean into who I am the better my life becomes and the better my relationships become too.
So without anymore rambling, when I named this project, that is what I had in mind. I wanted to share with the world things that I find beautiful, a little bit of my Perspective. I love water, architecture, weeds, colors, simplicity and of course sunsets. Sunsets remind us that “Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it… yet.” –Anne of Green Gables