Tell us a little bit about yourself.
First moved to Boston for graduate school, meant to only stay for an extra year or two, here I am almost 2 decades later. Growing up among artists I was always drawing and painting, stayed away from photography in the film days due to its technical nature in developing/printing film.
When did you realize your passion for photography?
Before Instagram I would only take photos once in a while around the city. Once I started using Instagram, it pushed me to try and shoot around Boston on a regular basis, a few times a week if possible. Would often shoot around Beacon Hill on my lunch break. Stated carrying a mirrorless camera in my backpack almost everyday. Instagram provides a constant stream of new ideas for photos and locations.
What is your advice to aspiring photographers on Instagram?
There is a quote from Henri Cartier-Bresson that “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst”. If your photos are not as good as you would like them to be, keep shooting. It’s amazing how far so many have come on Instagram since they started. With experience you will get better, you will learn what works for you and what doesn’t. Over time you will develop your style. Keep shooting, let’s say you are photographing a corner on Beacon Hill, try and shoot from different angles, at different times of the day you will find a more dramatic light hitting the street. On the same street once you find a spot that you like, keep shooting, because you might get a more interesting group of cars or people come in to your frame. Keep shooting.
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