Ever since I was a child, I had an affinity towards the camera. I remember being given my first camera at 9 years old. It was a Blue Kodak camera that used 110 film. (Those little cartridges were so cool) I used to shoot anything and everything and they usually turned out pretty bad.
As I grew older, I used 35mm point and shoot cameras. I would mostly take pictures of people and scenery. Again, most of the pictures were not very good. Then in college, I bought into the APS film craze. It was fun taking panoramic photographs. But, they were so hard to put in any standard photo album. This is probably when I really started to enjoy taking scenic photography.
I've never used an SLR or DSLR camera before and photography terms such as aperture and f-stops were a foreign language to me. Then, I was required to take a Photography course at my job and this opened up a whole new world to me. I decided to buy a point and shoot camera with manual capabilities for my own use, just to get my feet wet and practice. I would also borrow the DSLR camera at my work to hone my skills more.
But, what is it about photography that drew me towards it? I think one factor, is my love of traveling and sight-seeing. I wanted to capture these beautiful moments on film, to always remember them by. By understanding photography better, I can make these images even more powerful and bring back those memories to life.
I love to photograph buildings and architecture, especially with strong lines and curves. Now, the only time I photograph people is at family parties or social functions.
By no means, do I consider myself a photographer. I just love to take pictures. I love to learn all about photography and how to better my photographs.