Over the past six months or so, I have dedicated a lot of time into developing my passion for photography into a feasible business. I have experienced many highs and lows, from celebrating my first sale to being frustrated at periods of stagnancy. The stress and pressures of trying to set up any kind of business takes its toil and it is quite easy to get enveloped with all the goals you have set yourself. However, most people begin a business venture because they love what they do and if I have learned anything over the past six months, it is that without this love, your business will not get very far off the ground.
Passion is a term I use hesitantly as it is a word that is often just thrown around without any real understanding for the depth in which it represents. However, when it comes to photography, there is no other word to describe how I feel about what I do. Let me digress.
In today's society everyone regards themselves as a photographer. Thanks to modern technology, we nearly always have a camera with us which makes it easy to just pull out our phone and capture the scene before us. However, does that make you a landscape photographer? Probably not.
It is so busy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. My best days are the days when I have been out with my camera. Why? Well because I have had the opportunity to be at one with the world around me, to take time out and reflect. There is nothing more special than watching the sun rise or set as you listen to the waves crashing on the beach. For me Landscape Photography is about capturing the emotiveness of the scene in front of you. It is about showing others the majesty of our world so that they too can learn to appreciate how lucky we are. It is my passion because not only does it makes me happy, but it also makes me a better person.
Throughout my photography I try to capture the beauty that surrounds us on a daily basis; the wonders of the world which are so frequently taken for granted. It makes me think about how the Indigenous Australians had it right all along. If we respect the land, care for it, appreciate it, then we will reap the rewards. Each location I now go, I try to learn a about it, so that I can understand it's history and thus create an image that does it justice.
One particular place which really draws me in is Fingal Heads on the NSW/QLD border. The spectacular basalt column formation is known by the Goodjungburra people (the local indigenous people) as Booninybah - home of the Giant Echidna. This amazing formation resembles the spines of the native echidna, and so the Goodjingburra people believe that the spirit of the echidna inhabits the headland. How amazing is that!!
Although passion cannot replace talent, it gives you the drive to ensure you continue to learn, perfect your skills and succeed in your dreams.