Leading [wave] lines and larger than life [cumulus] vibes. In 2014, I picked up my first camera. I didn’t know a thing about composition, color, white balance, ISO, aperture, or anything for that matter. I’ve been a creative my whole life and photography felt right. For years, the idea of being a photographer frightened me. What if I fail? What if I can’t make great art? What if? What if? What if? Last September, I found myself in the darkest of places. I was lost. I was confused. I hated life. I hated myself. But photography got me out of my bed one day and I found myself shooting a sunset. In an instant, I realized that I could let out pain, anger, frustration, sadness, and just about every emotion in art. I had a few hundred followers and the idea of being a professional photographer was almost a joke. For me, what was an outlet, turned into something that other people enjoyed. What I used to survive and vent my darkest days and thoughts, others used for encouragement. Fast forward, I’m writing this post from the backseat of a car that’s riding through the hills in Los Angeles, California. Out here because some fellow creatives thought the way I used my camera was worthy of capturing them. Listen, I remember when people laughed at my photos. I can remember when I would post my photos to groups for critiques and they would rip me to shreds. I haven’t stopped though. I haven’t quit. I’m just getting started. I’ve yet to even begin my climb up the mountain. I’m just saying this.. follow your dreams. Don’t quit. It’s not always about making some decision to pursue some career. Sometimes the plan isn’t clear. Just follow that feeling. I can’t explain it. But I’m sure you all know.. if something gives you a sense of purpose, do it. If it makes you feel alive, do it. I’m here because I started taking serious the thing that made me feel like I could make it through the day, the thing that made me excited to see tomorrow.. art.