About new beginnings
Wow! It’s been 19 days since I published my previous post, that’s the longest time I’ve been absent from the blog. This is not because I ran out of photos, or I haven’t photographed anything later, but I’ve been feeling slightly confused, and I honestly didn’t know if I should continue or not with the blog. I just realized this week marks the second anniversary of this blog (I started on August 6, 2014).
Since then many things happened. Have learned so many things about photography that now I take for granted (and I still feel like I need a lifetime to learn what’s left), have settled with Fujifilm cameras as my working gear, moved from Dubai to Dallas and hence quit my PR job, and once established in Dallas I decided to do a career change and become a professional photographer. I have attended lots of workshops and photography events, I met incredible artists and photographers who inspired and taught me, I read countless articles about photography, I got a Texas sales and tax permit so I can officially start taking jobs in the US.
Although I’m an open and (I think) adventurous person, doing a career change at 36 is not, I came to discover, to be taken lightly. You go from something you were good at and have been doing for a long time (and dare I say you were paid for it) to something where you have to learn everything from the scratch. You are the beginner. You are no longer someone who’s got the experience. I struggle. It’s hard. But there is nothing else I would rather do. This is for me a rebirth. I haven’t told this story that much, but there was a moment in my life when, if certain things didn’t happen, my life would had been completely different. I started to take photography classes in University but after just few classes a fire happened at the Lab and everything was suspended. I had just managed to develop my first few photos (yes, it was the film time). I don’t remember details, but I remember the joy I had when being in that class, going with the camera on photowalks or developing my first photo (It was a black and white portrait of an old man dressed in Romanian traditional clothes).
I don’t want to make this post too long, I just felt like documenting this moment in my life here. I had been wondering if the blog is still relevant in my life right now, and I’ve came to the conclusion that I’d love to continue to share my journey. So hopefully, I’ll be back to my normal posting schedule. 🙂
I’d like to hear from you if you’ve been through a career change and started from zero, how did you manage?
Two portraits I made yesterday.