The Beginning

And what an appropriate title. Not only because this is the inaugural post for my new blog, "ttfp," but because this blog is a story. I don't know if it'll be good or bad, and I have no idea how it will end, but it's a story I feel compelled to share. So I'll start at the beginning:

Two years, five months, and four days ago--on November 18th, 2010 I picked up a camera and found a world. My dad's 1975 Canon F1 film SLR to be exact. I loaded it up with some color Fugi 200 speed film from the grocery store and began my first photo assignment. The camera had no battery, and thus no light meter, so I was left to my own pre-novice brain to figure out the settings. I can only thank the amazing latitude of 35mm film, and some impressive developing from the guy at Walgreens, for the fact that only five of the 48 frames I took appeared under or over exposed (a feat I don't think I could ever repeat given those circumstances). So what was the assignment? Well, that first assignment was really just to gain an understanding of how an SLR camera worked, and the subject was my car (another hobby of mine). That's right, 48 boring pictures of a car.  I wanted to keep it simple. The guy at Walgreens was slightly puzzled. In all honesty, that was probably one of the most rewarding moments of my life, when I climbed into my car in the parking lot and opened up that envelope of prints to see what, if anything, I had captured. I was hooked. 

My favorite picture from that day.

My favorite picture from that day.

Photography had grabbed me and it hasn't let go. I was a freshman in college then; now I'm nearing the end of my my junior year. After I graduate, I plan to attend photography school and follow the path I most desire.

So that's what this is all about. The journey. Photography is the first thing I've found in life that I have a true love for. I can't imagine my life without it and I hope I never feel otherwise. I want to share my experiences up to now and into the future. I still learn something new everyday with regard to photography, and it's the only subject I really care to explore everyday I can. The art has turned my life in a whole new direction. I really don't know where life will take me but wherever it is, I'll take a camera with me. 

Oh, and I'll let you in on what ttfp means later.