After receiving my first DSLR, I began to see photography as art. And myself as an artist. Or at least a wanna-be artist. I delved in and began reading everything I could – online, books, etc. I also began shooting everything around me. I have spent much time since that day in 2009 learning, learning, learning and shooting, shooting, shooting. I enjoy the post processing of the photos almost as much as shooting. So let’s add: processing, processing, processing to the above. I truly enjoy taking a shot and watching it transform. Each photo becomes my impression of art from photography.
I had a few photos published. Early in the year 2011, the city of Mineral Wells selected a number of my photos to be used in their Chamber of Commerce brochure. The big honor came in discovering that my dad also had some photos used in the same brochure! Then just a couple of months later, the decorating company for a new, local McDonald’s restaurant contacted me to request a photo to use on a giant acrylic display in their store. My claim to fame!
Up until just recently I’ve called myself a Hobby Photographer. That was before I found this definition of amateur:
An amateur (French amateur “lover of”, from Old French and ultimately from Latin amatorem nom. amator, “lover”) is generally considered a person attached to a particular pursuit, study, or science, without pay and often without formal training.
Although photography is for me a hobby, and one I enjoy very much, I like being referred to as an amateur due to the definition above. I am for certain attached to photography, I have not received pay (or at least very much…yet,) I for sure have no formal training, and above all I am without doubt a lover of photography.
My mission in my art is to “let my light shine in the darkroom of life.” With my obedience to the Lord’s direction and with His help, that is exactly what I plan to do!