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Hello, I’m Dan. I like to take photos.
I’ve always had an interest in photography as far back as I can remember. Growing up in a rural town in Upstate New York did not give me a ton of exposure to photography as an art form or expression, but photography was brought to me mainly by my family photo albums. My mom shot film with an old Pentax rigged with a 35mm lens and produced those kinds of classic photos that would scream out vintage 80’s American kids with hand me down clothes of the 70’s. Think classic tones, soft focus, and timeless captures. I must have collectively spent a few weeks of my life thumbing through the pages and viewing framed classics in the little nooks of our house where the best portraits lived. My initial experiments with photography came in High School with the utilization of disposable cameras and messing around with friends. Once in a while I stumble upon the trove of pictures I took throughout the years and am instantly transported back to my youth. Throughout college I forgot how much fun taking photos was and for stretches of time I’d forget to use the point & shoot I had purchased with the thought of taking pictures (of course). I didn’t even bring a digital camera to New Zealand for a study abroad program, and relied instead on grabbing pictures from people I spent time with over there. Eventually after college I was gifted my first DSLR, a Nikon D40. I was hooked from there. My camera now goes with me most places regardless of if I have a good reason to bring it or not.
So along comes this blog. It was created for two reasons. #1: To have a place to put my pictures and write out my thoughts. #2: For others to enjoy. I’ve generally received positive feedback about my perspective, which adds fuel to the fire. My goal is to constantly learn new techniques and capture images the way I think they should be, or at least try. I think that any form of creative expression is a positive asset to the human experience.
Everyone has a story to tell even if they are unknowingly the subjects of a photograph (my favorite stories are found here). I take into consideration that everyone I see, everyone I meet, and those I don’t all have a story to tell with their very own perspective on life. I take interest in how they came up with their version of the world and how they fit in it. I think we all have the ability deep within to create an environment of our choosing and salute those that take the initiative and make it theirs. I feel it’s quite easy in this ever-evolving society we live in to fall into obligatory routines that can and mostly hinder personal growth and journeys that could otherwise lead us to truly finding out who we really are. I’ve spent a few years wondering what kind of world I want to live in and how I can create that environment. I’m constantly working on putting these thoughts into action.
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