The Vanity Section

...or, how I managed to take up an entire page to talk about myself and things that don't matter all that much.

As a child, I spent an inordinate amount of time reading.  While primarily non-fiction, I would sometimes dabble into the fantastical worlds of authors such as Homer or Tolkien.  I especially enjoyed the stories of epic journeys across dramatic and unforgiving landscapes.  Those that brought its protagonists to the edge of the world and back.  I suppose more than anything though, I liked to imagine that one day I would go on my own adventures around the world.  

I suspect this fascination is what led me into the Scouting program.  Whether it was traversing vast glacial fields in Alaska or living on a deserted island in the Caribbean, the adventures I was fortunate enough to partake in nurtured that call to adventure in ways that nothing else could have. Beyond the friendships and memories, these experiences would impart on me a deeper appreciation for the nature and the necessity of active preservation. 

As I moved into adulthood, I found myself to be rather thankful of my upbringing.  Born into a tech-literate family, I was exposed to computing and programming concepts earlier than most.  This, coupled with an active interest throughout adolescence, empowered me to skip college and move directly into the technology industry.  Had it not been for this good fortune, I certainly wouldn’t have had the luxury to travel as frequently as I have been afforded.

On my first ‘real’ trip, a two-month odyssey across Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, I decided to pickup an entry level Canon DSLR.  I had never had much passion for photography but determined that it would allow me to share at least part of the experience with friends and family back home.  Little did I know that this simple decision would have such a significant impact on my days ahead.

Over a decade later and I don’t know that my wanderlust has even begun to abate.  In that time however, I have strived to refine my skills behind the lens and to better capture the beauty and diversity of the natural world.  Life is too short and excuses are quite easy but hopefully someone, reading the inherent silliness that is this about page, will see these images as a reminder to always keep a bag packed and to search for the next adventure.

Gear:  Canon 5DS, Sigma 12-24mm Art, Rokinon 24mm, Canon 24-105mm, Canon 85mm, Sigma 150-600mm, Lee filters, DJI Mavic 2 Pro, PolarPro filters

 

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