A year ago I was living in London, a small town in the South East of England.
I was in college full time working towards my audio engineering degree. That was my life. I would wake up in the morning and study audio engineering books. I would go to college and sit in classes listening to the lecturers every word. I would go home, have dinner, watch YouTube videos about Pro Tools, drink a beer or two then settle down for the night.
I was addicted to audio engineering.
THEN IT DISAPPEARED.
I was half way through my dissertation when I realised that maybe audio engineering was not for me. This career I had focused on for the last 18 months no longer gave me enjoyment. Yes I still loved to dabble and create little beats and tracks but doing it for the rest of my life was entirely different.
I feared this revelation would scare me or at least cause some kind of irrational behavior (basically crying and eating chocolate). It didn't.
I already knew what my real passion was - Photography.
I had been taking pictures for awhile with Instagram being my usual outlet though I had never taken it seriously. I had a DSLR for shooting my YouTube videos but mainly used my iPhone for Instagram. It was easy.
As soon as I graduated, I started a trip of a lifetime that you may be aware of. I flew to NYC, travelled across to LA visiting lots of cities in between. With America as my oyster, I took out the trusty DSLR everyday and practiced shooting. Over and over again. And again. Once more. Three more etc etc.
I never published these photos. They were lessons. It was relentless but it was fun. That's exactly what I want my career to be.
I now take at least 50 photographs a day. Capturing moments and feelings. Transporting the viewer into a world they live outside of.
Will I go back to audio engineering? Yes. Definitely. In fact being away from it has drawn me back in.
But for now photography is my passion. What's yours?