2015 and my photographic journey is on the right track. My enthusiasm for spotting new images is reved up. This journey to find the right combination has been a bumpy one.
I use my camera to get out and explore life. It gives me a purpose to get out of my comfort zone. I have been searching for a way to connect with other photographers. Joining meet-ups, and enrolling in classes have yielded few meaningful results. I met many photographers, but their goals took them on a different path. Trying to connect online has been frustrating. I want to share but I often feel I am talking to myself. I took down my website after three years, and two hacks. I guess the “bots” we’re able to find it, but that wasn’t the feedback I was looking for. Flickr allowed me to share images, and I like the feedback, but I have concerns when someone selects my image as a favorite, and I see few images on their own Flickr site. Suspicious. Entering my work in online contests and getting a first place and other honorable mentions did feel good, but Phozzl closed down the website. Another dead end.
This year I determined that my photography is important to my well being and with camera in hand I set out. On the third of January in the cold early foggy morning I set off to meet local photographers down by the American River. Exchanged small talk and then set out to capture nature’s beauty. At the end of the shoot I was asked to join a group going out to breakfast, I accepted and the connection deepened. This local group is active on Facebook and my next photo shoot was at the Aerospace Museum of California. It is here where I met a fellow photographer who shares a like interest in exploring life through the lens of her camera. Enthusiasm renewed, and a partner to share it with! Win, win!