I was 18 years old when I received my first dslr. My dad had bought it for me as a birthday present and I immediately fell in love with photography. Learning about lighting, aperture, angles excited me. It also provided me the creative outlet I had been missing when I had stopped dancing two years previous. I never realized though, how much photography would save my life.
When I first moved to the mainland, I had severe anxiety due to some traumatic experiences as well as depression and begun to seek professional help. I was advised to find something I enjoyed to engage in for personal self-care and turned to photography. Whenever my family would go camping, I would take my pack, grab my camera and walkie and go off hiking on my own. Which now that I’m older realize it was probably really stupid since I wouldn’t come back ’til it was dark. However, I allowed myself to be immersed in nature. Every step, I made was a piece of my broken heart being mended photography allowed me to capture those glimpses of my life and remind me of how far I’ve come… And for that, I will always love landscape photography. Because it healed me and revitalized me.
I thought that I’d share a few of my favorite pieces, and while they probably aren’t the greatest – they are wonderful to me… Enjoy!