I had always loved to take pictures. Since I was young when we had those disposable cameras, I loved to take pictures.
About 5 years ago, I began to develop more of a passion for it and had wanted to pursue it more. However, at the time I was in the military and didn’t have a lot of time to explore the craft. About 2016 I began to develop bad anxiety symptoms and also had what were called flashbacks. One of my jobs was working in Mortuary Affairs, and having to deal with remains on a monthly basis began to hit me along with the several deployments I had been on.
After a trip to the hospital in Dec of 2016, I began to go to counseling to help myself alleviate some of these issues. The doctor I saw asked about hobbies, but when I went to answer I realized that I didn’t have very many. I told him I had begun to take pictures of things, places, and people. He suggested that I continue it but pursue it much more deeply. He explained when I had those attacks that the pictures would give my mind a place to go and relive. It sounded kind of corny but he was right.
Over the next 4 years I began to get back into photography, and learn how to find those special moments.
I know I still have a long way to perfect this skill and will continue to do so. Even by attending some school very soon. However, I am proud of the progress I have made and I am enjoying how to learn how to use the camera’s strengths and what lens works best.
Hope everyone has a good weekend. I posted some pictures below.