I've always believed that clothes don't make the man. You have heard and read several versions of that saying.
Taking it home, I've always believed that the same applies in photography. You see, I've been a camera-less photographer wannabe for most of the 4 years I spent with the craft. For several months now, I have no camera I call my own.
To hark heralds to my work is not the point of this sharing but rather I'd like to point a little about the struggle of keeping my passion alive in the absence of having a personal camera.
It gets discouraging whenever you get confronted and told to stop it altogether saying that it is a calling reserved for the moneyed or privileged. I have taken comfort and inspiration in the lives of several folks who've had similar struggles and humble beginnings, most notable of which is Christian Watson & Chris Burkard. Their words and work have uplifted and kept me grounded on values that truly matter: gratitude, honesty, faith.
In an effort to press on with photography, I sought people who have been generous enough to lend me their beloved cameras. Most of my photographs you have seen have been captured using their gears. Whenever I get a chance to win photo competitions, I always say that my success is enabled because of folks like them. I am truly grateful and hope to make them proud in the years to come.
I'll end by saying that if there is something you truly value in your heart, I hope you choose to fight for it. In the words of Christian Watson, "Tough it out and hold fast, give your all and stay graceful all the while."
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