Image: Self Portraits 2011
Well today I am 26 years of age. I'm not sure if that is considered old or young in the photography world? There is a group on one of the photography social media sites that I'm a part of that's called "Young photographers". The rules are you must not be past the age of 25. I was 25 yesterday, I'm 26 today and yet I still feel the same.
Why is age such a factor?? I look at some young photographers who are younger then I and so much more accomplished. Praised for their youthful eye. Then there are some moments where the ones who have been doing it longer then I will snort at my words and laugh at my passions because they have "been there" they know something I do not. (I'm not saying this is always the case).
However these types of moments really confuse me. Am I supposed to be the "older photographer" or the"younger photographer". Why does the concept of age have anything to do at all with the art that I am creating.
When I wake up some mornings I feel like I am 80. I feel like I have lived a full life and have a story to tell, I feel like an old soul. Other mornings I awaken and feel like I am 11 years old. Young and full of dreams of the future. Looking at the world through a magical kaleidoscope dreaming of future journeys to come. Sometimes I take photographs when I feel like an old soul and on other days I take photographs with my young imagination in the front and centre.
Today I am 26 years old. I have been photographing since I was a child, I realized that photography truly meant something to me when I was 19. The way I see the world is not through my age. The way I take a photograph is not through my age. We must realize that passion is passion not matter when it started. Dreams are dreams and it's never too early or too late to realize them.