I started taking photographs when I was 11 years old. I didn't know much about it other than that I could capture a moment in time and save memories and it seemed very technical at the time. I was drawn to the mechanics of it all. The 35mm film and the shutter of the camera.
I started using a disposable camera at first that I purchased at the local drug store and it was easy to use all I had to was just point and shoot. Most of my first photographs were of friends and family and nothing I would really share with anyone other than friends and family.
When I got into high school I took a photography 101 class and learned how to use the aperture, shutter speeds, and load film into a MINOLTA 35mm SLR camera.
At first, I took photographs of palm trees, flowers, moving objects, skateboarding, and my friends. I had no clue what I was doing at this point, all I knew I was just having fun, I didn't understand what it meant to take a decent photograph and, there was no meaning behind most of the photos I captured at first.
I learned by trial and error throughout the years, experimenting and taking a lot of photos of anything that catches my eye. Most of my photographs are spontaneous, some have some thought behind them. Now, most of what I take are with my cell phone and I also get to mess around with the work camera and those are entirely thought out.
Till this day, the mechanical parts of a 35mm camera still interest me. I nerd out and collect MINOLTA cameras when I come across one.
I love learning about how to take better photographs as well and constantly looking for inspiration around me and finding places I've yet to explore on my own.