It started one afternoon when I saw that my high school offered photography as a subject. I hadn't ever really taken an interest in photography before, I just really didn't want to do maths anymore, so I signed up for the course.
My only first hand experience with photography at that point had been with the GameBoy Camera/Printer system, which to this day I wish I hadn't given away. Also, there was never really a reason for me to learn to take photos because my friend who was a photographer used to document everything noteworthy that we ever did. Needless to say, my Myspace page was never short of photos at that time.
It's probably worth mentioning that up until the point where I signed up for photography, I genuinely thought I had some kind of learning difficulty/disability. I was constantly failing classes which lead to me being tested, questioned and examined. Looking back on it, it was as simple as the fact that I am a hands-on learner, and unable to learn about something I'm not interested in - like 99% of the school curriculum.
As soon as I took photography and started nailing tests, it became apparent that I had found something I was genuinely interested in and something that I wanted to learn more about. An interesting thing is that a lot of what I was doing in that class was basically chemistry, it wasn't just point at this thing and click, I had never touched a digital camera at that point.
My grandfather gave me his Canon TLb (which started my love for Canon, pictured above) film camera that he bought in late 1974. To this day, that is the best camera I have ever used and I often look forward to busting it out for a shoot.
The next school semester flew by as I learned everything I needed to know about film photography, from shooting to developing in a dark room. The light meter in my camera stopped working (damn discontinued alkaline batteries!) so I really had to guess my exposures, but most of the time they turned out ok!
My trick was that I would set the shutter speed and aperture to what I thought it was, take a shot, then set them again one setting below and one setting above and I honestly can't remember being disappointed. I was finally enjoying school for a change.
Eventually, Year 11 ended and no one told me that photography wasn't a Year 12 subject, so I was back to being lost again. I actually ended up dropping out during the HSC English exam to go study Fine Art/Photography, because I was just never going to fit into that grading system (my English teacher even told me I would never be a writer haha!)
At around 17 years old, I decided to start looking for work as a photographer. I had resisted 'going digital' for as long as I could but it was time to start taking things seriously. My mum was nice enough to buy me my first digital camera, and I was off into the big bad workforce. I did a bunch of gigs for companies ranging from wine companies to The Opera House, but never really got anywhere serious. To really shorten the story, after about 2 years I eventually realized that photography, well, what I thought was photography, was actually on a steep descent in terms of work availability.
It was around this time that I started a skate shop, which allowed me to use my photography skills a lot. Eventually I started writing reviews of skate gear to go along with the photos, then cars and now video games. Funny how things work out...
That brings us here. I'm rather lost again. I haven't felt this way since before I decided to be a writer. I have hit this wall and tumbled down into the deepest rut I have ever been in. Mentally, creatively, physically and emotionally, I've lost all motivation. I can't say exactly what the cause of the problem is, which is a strange feeling for me because I'm usually very aware of myself.
However, during this downward spiral, there's always been one constant - photography.
Every other week I will take a happy-snap of whatever is around me, fiddle with it in Lightroom, or on my phone using VSCO (thanks for the love and support VSCO!) and upload, without even thinking too much about it. It only recently occurred to me that I get a lot of praise for my photography. I never really noticed how much love you guys give me, saying how good my shots are - I feel rather silly! But nevertheless, I've noticed now and I am very inspired. With that said, if you would like to do a shoot, please use the contact button here to get in touch - I would love to chat!
Before I go any further, I also want to say that streaming is an equal passion of mine, it's just so much harder to do on my own channel (time and money wise) and I am lucky enough to be able to stream on 6T4 Bites every Monday, which is a good start, but I definitely want more and will be streaming more - but we'll talk about that later.
It also occurred to me that I don't really have a 'portfolio' of sorts, so this site will serve as such, among other things. This site will not only be a showcase of my photography, but it'll be a little bit of everything. Some of you might be thinking "isn't that what Do Stuff & Blog was?" and the answer is yes, but also no.
To me, DS&B is always going to be the thing that got me started and while I am not ready to let it go yet (might need it in the future!), I have realized that I don't really 'blog' anymore, so that's why I have started this website. Blogging is not the best way for me to reach the people I want to reach anymore. It just doesn't seem fitting. Between photography, streaming and podcasting, the tools which I use to communicate my ideas are increasingly moving away from just blogging. Plus, a fresh start is always good right? I also don't want to feel limited by the name of a website, but recently I found myself questioning whether or not something "would work" on DS&B and more often than not, I didn't think it would.
Sometimes, I want to post weird photos I have taken. Like a lamb's brain thrown into paint or a duck. Other times I might want to stream Rocket League or do an unboxing video of a microphone on YouTube. I feel like the one thing all my content has been missing is consistency and organization under one name. That's why I'm using my name now. Well, the name I chose.
With that in mind, this is what you can expect from this website:
- Short blog posts (way shorter than this one, probably photo heavy)
- Lots and lots of photos
- A podcast (more on that later)
- YouTube videos
- Live streamed photography tutorials
- Live streamed games
- Reviews of games/cameras/tech
- And other things!
This isn't a huge step in any particular direction. I would call this more organisational than anything else. I've been needing a fresh start for all this crazy stuff that I do, so this is basically that!
In any case, as always I want to say thank you to each and everyone one of you for supporting me. My friends, my family, all of you mean the world to me and I wouldn't be able to do any of this without you.