For the better part of the last 3 years of my existence, I have spent an inordinate amount of time, money and energy into becoming the best photographer that I can become. It was like a virus that took over my body and soul, nourishing itself through it's host's "obsessive-compulsive-addictive" some might say passionate nature.
If the topic has nothing to do with f-stops, film speed and flash syncs I gave it just 1% of my attention. I have traversed a very narrow path starting out, like a horse with the blinders on, focused on nothing but this singular goal.
Which unfortunately made me miss the whole point of what really photography is about. The color maestro with the lens - Jay Maisel once said, "In order to become a better photographer, you have to become a better person first".
Upon further meditation, I have approached my photographic ambition differently. I now use the art as a medium to build meaningful connections to those around me and to reach out to those far away. To hear their stories, to learn something about them and to learn something about myself. In turn, Photography has given me far more than I had envisioned, more than just the prints, more than the accolades & virtual pat on-the-back, even more than the satisfaction of creating.
It is cultivating in me a greater understanding of life. Helping me undo all my assumptions about it. To which end, that I wish to become a better person first and perhaps a better photographer in the process.