It's strange, but this is the most common thing people say to me when we talk about portraits. Don’t panic! I’ll show you what to expect when you come for a headshot or portrait session at my home studio.
I've taken the plunge. No more full-time employment for me. Scary! Now I meld my two passions - writing and photography - into a rewarding experience, if not a career in the dying art of photojournalism.
Spending time in a metropolis like New York when you don't know where to find anything, don't know any of the people, the weather is gloomy, immediately getting lost when exploring confusing city streets, is like living in limbo - every day is essentially the same and you can't change it. You just while away the hours. So in order to not go nuts or fall any further into a depression, I started just walking out of the hostel and going straight into Central Park. This was an area I understood.
The best way to gain perspective is by creating space between you and the problem. Read on to see why I believe travel is, above all, the quickest and most effective way to create space, and gain perspective.
In 2006, the book "Yes Man" sparked a change in my life. I know, it sounds absolutely corny, but it totally did. Wallace, the author and protagonist, commits to an experiment where he simply starts saying yes to things. The change was spectacular. I needed something spectacular in my life.
Looking at the test-print in my hands I'm aware of the way that even this moment that I've captured here is going to fade away. The digital scan of it does not do it justice, and this copy is yellowed and marked with age. Until I find the negatives, I'll have to be content with these poor reproductions, each one of which introduces more entropy into the equation.