2012 Reflections of a Skate Photographer[wptouch target=”mobile”]
I guess it’s moments like these where you really get to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Deadlines met, photos processed, clients called, rent paid, apartment clean. For the first time in a long while I’ve found myself caught up with all the odds and ends of my day to day life. A proverbial quiet-calm before the next advancing storm, a moment of reprieve. A smidge of time to sit back and reflect on the constant. Brewing a little bit on the different happenings, savoring all the in-the-moment instances. The people, places, things. The highs, the lows, the coming and going. It’s these little rest stops on the road of life that make you learn just a little more about yourself. Ergo the recent revelation I stumbled upon. The odd illuminating acceptance that I live a good portion of my experiences through either the view finder of a camera, or the frames of produced photographs. The images acting as highlights, reminders of incredible things I’ve seen and experienced. Visual receipts, proofs of purchase. Miles logged, merit badges for the things I’ve managed to tick off the ol’ bucket list. I look back on the breadth of my work like I were looking back at a high school year book. A sincere sentimental appreciation for that time and place. Like looking back on a younger more naive you. “Oh, what little you knew then about what was in-store for you now”.
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When you look back on your work, as any right-minded photographer will surely agree, you are instantly filled with an overwhelming sense of gratification. Everything you dedicate yourself so undyingly towards becomes validated. The beauty of a photograph is that it’s a gift that never stops giving back. An amber entombed moment in time. A bookmark, a page-end folded over in the big unrelenting story that is life itself.
I take photos because it’s how I express, it’s how I like to communicate. It’s not so much a job or something I choose to do, more so than it’s something I have to do. I tell the story. It’s what I’ve always done, what I’ve always been. So with my moment of reflection I learned a little bit more about what it is I am, but I also l learned a lot about what it is I have to do. Maybe this is something that applies to you as the reader in some way or another. Just a little tid-bit of drivel from a humble skate photographer. A suggestion to go out there and do it all. Accomplish something that you can sit back and be proud of. See with an eye of self reflection. Be bold, be brave, life is a story worth telling.
Thanks for reading, now go take some photos.
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