I realize that for me, this idea may be farther/not nearly as far off as many of you, but I got to reminiscing the other day about the things that piqued my visual curiosity while I was in high school, still trying to discover what I wanted to do with my life. For a while, I’d settled on being a Spanish teacher, or just fleeing to South America and hoping to find work. I also contemplated being a painter. We all know how well that would have worked out. Either way, after all of this rambling, this is where I’m heading. Looking back on my visual acuity at that point, I’ve come to realize a few things: primarily, that I was far more intuitive and free, more willing to merely press the shutter and rely on my natural eye instead of creating true compositions. Some of these shots really surprise me, others are quite embarrassingly bad. I uploaded quite a few after finding them hiding on an external hard drive. I never really sought critique for the subject matter, but I knew that my darkroom technique needed a great deal of improvement. At the time, I owned one camera: a point and shoot 35mm that had a special underwater case. The rest I shot on my mom’s newer Pentax 35mm SLR. I had no idea what was ahead of me.
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