This week, I thought it might be an interesting topic to talk about how I got into photography. From a young age, I was always interested in the arts. Anything from drawing and painting to even singing and performing. The only thing that stood in the way of me pursuing these art forms was that reality that I am not good at any of those things. There is an insurmountable amount of patience I would have to learn to become a good artist. For me, I just wanted to pick something up and be good at it immediately, but that was not the case for the early part of my childhood. After accepting the fact that I may not be that talented in art, I decided to try sports. There were all different kinds of sports I played throughout my youth, but the only one that ever really stuck with me was skateboarding. Skateboarding was cool because there were no coaches or practices, I was able to just do it on my own time and there were no rules which I loved. When I was 13, I decided to start saving money in hopes to buy a camera to film my friends and myself. Considering most 13 year-olds don’t have jobs, saving up for an expensive DSLR is quite impressive at that age. It took about a year and a half, but I finally raised the money and bought my first camera, the Canon t3i. It was this a little plastic crop frame camera with a plastic lens and I thought it was the greatest thing ever. I filmed with the camera almost every day, it was my favorite thing to do. For the first 6 months never changed the camera settings out of video mode, It was just a filming camera to me. I had fun making skateboard movies for a while, but never really did anything with them. One day, my friend Carly called me and asked if I could help her with a graphic design class project. The main idea of the project was to take pictures and write down the experience you had taking them (settings, location, etc). I agreed to help, but neither of us had really taken photos before with this camera, so we would figure it out as we went along. After about an hour of horrible photo taking, Carly had this idea to take a photo of the splash a rock would make when you threw it into water. How it worked was she would stand at the edge of a nearby pond with a few rocks and throw them to a specific location I would point to in the water. It was hard to do at first because neither of us were good at our jobs. For her it was hard to aim a rock at the "general location" I had given her. For me it was hard to capture the moment the rock hit the water, but we got it down after about ten minutes and managed to snap a picture. I remember thinking the photo was so good. Looking at it now, I think the framing is weird, there is a house in the background, the colors could be better, and the splash is blurry because I didn’t know what auto focus was. Whatever though, from that day on I was hooked. There were days in the summer where I would do nothing but ride my bike around and take photos of Lancaster. During that summer I learned so much about photography and how to make my camera take the kind of photos I wanted to be taking. I felt that I had finally found an art form that I was good at so I ran with it. I tried all different types of photography but found that portraits were my strong suit. About a year after I bought my t3i, I moved to the Canon 5D Mark II, which is the camera I use today. It’s not the newest one on the market, but it produces beautiful images and I know how to use it. As of right now, photography is my favorite thing to do. I'm not sure if it will always be that way, I may find that photography leads me to something else, just like how skateboarding did. But for now I love what I do and thats what is most important in my opinion.
-Until next week! - Evan Davidson