People Project
I didn't pick up my first digital camera until sometime in 2005. This point-and-shoot way of living turned me into an instant gratification fiend. 35 mm what? My frugal habit of taking time with one 36 exposure roll transformed into 200 plus digital images overnight. Still, the need to express art and creativity within these fast photos nagged at me behind the viewfinder. I didn't really make the connection until a few years later.

Teaching myself to transform the beauty and curiosity I see with my naked eye into the pixelated photograph in front of me was at times exciting, frustrating and repetitious. The Canon PowerShot S3 did its job well; it seemed the problem lied within my style of shooting. At one point, I got bored and lost all interest in digital and considered going back to a local college for an elective course in darkroom photography. Towards the end of 2009, something along the way made me stop in the Wolf Camera store and pick out a Nikon D90. It opened a whole new world, and the photography-pushing possibilities seemed endless. Whatever, or whoever, inspired me to give digital photography a real hard artistic go at it, both personally and professionally, thank you.

Nowadays, I would never consider myself a successful professional photographer and making a comfortable living solely out of it, but that doesn't stop me from trying. In June 2011, I created a project to get myself out of a rut and back into my favorite hobby. My landscape and architecture photo skills were personally satisfactory, but I felt I was lacking in the portrait department. Where to find guinea models? Facebook, of course. I sent out a message to my friends and asked for volunteers for my "People Project". Luckily for me, I had a few adventurous souls step up.

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