I just finished my final school year at Niagara College for the photography program. Over the course of the year I spent 12+ hours of every day working on photography or group projects or even just personal projects gaining experience and making sure that I make the best of the opportunities I have.
The final semester was the most difficult and most rewarding, the most important class in my opinion was our portfolio class. The entire course was dedicated to creating a portfolio of images on any style of photography you’d like and in any creative way which was significantly less structured than most of the other assignments. I had been contemplating on what I would do for my portfolio since the first year when I learned of it. I had gone back and forth on what I wanted to do until January 2019 when I was watching Bad times at the El Royal when I was inspired by a scene. My portfolio was then based on movie genres, each photo being a different movie genre and displayed as a moment within a film. The photographs I did each averaged out at 8-10 hours of work per photo, having spent over 100 hours working on the images for the class and competition.
The drive I found in myself over the last 2 years is something unknown to me. I have never been so interested in something in such a way that I’m always striving for knowledge and practice. Having the skills to pursue a career in which I provide for myself and do something I love when I had assumed that I would spend most of my life doing work for someone else is a dream come true and a dream that I didn’t know I had wanted.
As mentioned in a previous blog post, I joined the photography program on a whim, I had never touched a DSLR camera before, I had never done anything creative or thought of myself as an artist. My life is profoundly different now with more purpose and drive than ever and that’s how I like it !