A photo I took in the mountains while volunteering in Shuid, Chimborazo Province, Ecuador in June 2016.
When I was younger, I went up to my mother after watching an episode of Timothy Goes to School where all of the students talk about their hobbies, and said: “Mommy, I want to be a shitterbug.” She responded, at first, quite angrily, until she realized I was trying to say the phrase “shutterbug.” So, after her and my older sister laughed at me for a solid ten minutes, she let me take a photo with her film camera. Unfortunately, I only managed to capture the tops of their heads.
Despite this, after that first moment of hearing the satisfying sound of the shutter and watching the flash illuminate their faces, I was hooked.
I started out with dinky toy cameras and gradually moved up the technological food chain with point-and-shoots over the years. At one point, I used the camera on my Nintendo DSi to capture everything from my pet cats to my dinner plates. Now, I have a proper DSLR (a Canon T3i), a tripod, two lenses and much better aim than I did when I was a kid. No more decapitated subjects (for the most part).
What I love about photography is the idea that every single photograph taken comes from a different perspective–even if only slightly–than ones taken before of the same object. I love how images can now be easily altered using computer software, yet I also appreciate the art of film and own a small collection of vintage cameras.
I find it amazing how light can hit a subject from different angles, and allow us to create entirely unique depictions with our minds and then our cameras. I like the concept of cameras being paintbrushes that use light and shadows to capture colours and expressions.
My favourite thing to shoot is close-up nature scenes. I would love to buy a macro lens one day so I can reveal the hidden micro-universes all around us. I can often be found wandering through forests, trying to create new worlds out of a single bush of leaves, flowers or tiny creatures.
Over the summer, I organized almost all of my photography, and uploaded what I consider to be my best work to my Flickr account. I have made different albums for photos taken in different seasons as well as photos with specific themes.
If you’d like to see what I get up to on my photography adventures, you can click the link below:
My Flickr Account