The One That Started It All

For my initial blog post, I thought it would be appropriate to do a “behind the scenes” type thing and introduce you to how/when my interest in Photography began. Please sit back and relax…I hope you enjoy this journey back in time.

From late 1996 through early 2004, I had owned* an old-school Canon 35mm film camera that helped me capture both my undergraduate days in Madison and my graduate school years in Chicago in adequate detail. I had lost quite a number of things throughout these years but this camera was not one of them.  Surprisingly, it remained fully operational (and in my possession) the whole time despite having been involved a number of “incidents” during that time period.

However, much like any other piece of machinery after many years of use, it was reaching the end of its useful life quickly and I was in need of a new one.  In May 2004, within hours of officially graduating from law school, I received a very special gift** from my parents: my first digital camera—the Canon PowerShot S500.  It was a fairly simple unit compared to today’s cameras, looked like this and, while I didn’t know it at the time, it would change my life over the course of the next few years.

Towards the end of May, I had planned a fairly short trip to New York to visit some of my friends from college.  I thought this would be a great way to (a) celebrate the end of law school and (b) loosen up a bit before I began studying for the Illinois Bar Exam.  Taking pictures with my new camera was a secondary thought at the time and my last-minute decision to bring it with me turned out to be a good one.

I spent the first couple of days with one of my dear friends who lived in Hoboken, New Jersey.  On my second (and final) day in Hoboken, we decided to go walk around nearby the pier overlooking the Hudson River and the New York City skyline.  I had read the night before how to take black and white images with my PowerShot and thought that then would be as good of a time as any to try it.

I lined up the shot, making sure that (a) the pier was in the foreground and (b) the NYC skyline was adequately present in the background. Feeling comfortable with what was being displayed in the viewfinder, I pressed the shutter release and hoped that the end product would be as solid as I anticipated. Much to my delight, it turned out beautifully (as you can see below).

View of the New York City Financial District from Pier A Park (Hoboken, NJ)

My interest in Photography grew exponentially in the weeks/months following my trip to New York. I spent countless hours walking around the streets of Chicago with camera in hand, and I was also able to visit cities like New Orleans and Portland (Maine) during this time as well. The empty walls in my apartment quickly became filled with framed prints of my photographs, and soon thereafter, friends of mine requested prints to hang up on the walls of their homes.  I was sincerely touched (and excited!) that they liked my photography enough to display in their homes, and it was these feelings which formed the impetus to starting a photography business.

Well, thousands of pictures (and much nicer photography equipment) later, here I am. What lies ahead with respect to my photography business remains a mystery that will only unfold throughout the course of time.  While many things remain uncertain, I do know this much: I plan to be doing this for a long time to come.

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*By “owned”, I mean: I borrowed it from my dad one time and never returned it.

**Other than life, love, support and an entirely debt-free education, this was the best gift they have ever given me.

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Anjali - Have this one hanging (very prominently, in a 3′x4′ frame) on my wall, next to another one of your (gorgeous) Chicago pictures. Thank you!!

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