I took my father's camera off the table by the front door, went out to the garden, and I took a picture of a flower. I was four years old. About seven years later he gave me my own camera. That was when the camera became my lifelong sidekick, always along for the ride.
In college I worked with black and white film as a darkroom technician. How magical it was to see an image appear on paper under the liquid bath. It was like seeing a reflection of a place or a moment in time looking back at me instead of my own face, and there was no one there but me to see this happen. It was like a mirror of my adventures, when I'm usually the only one around in the middle of nowhere to see something special.
Though I never stepped away from photography, I pursued music for my education and my career for many years. When I noticed that I was choosing to spend more time out in nature with my kayak and my camera, I realized that a change was in store for me. Music is still part of who I am, and a lot of what I learned about being a composer translates through to my photography, but this time is now about developing as the photographer I have always been.
I belong outside. For me, outside time is about getting to know the planet and all of the creatures I come across. It's the sounds of things, the feel of things, and the patterns of things that make me feel connected. Because, like you, this planet is my home.