Man. It’s hard to believe that in a little over 24 hours ago, I was in New York, exploring Times Square, Little Italy, art museums, etc. Awesome.
Now I’m sitting here in the D.C. hostel being forced to watch football with Andrew while I write my blog post. Torture.
At least I know I can easily reflect on my time in New York without any distractions.
So, here it goes.
New York. Not going to lie, I hated that city at first. I hated how fast-paced it was, how everyone seemingly had an attitude, how it was so dang big. It grew on me, and I probably owe that to the media outlets we visited.
Going to all of these places just affirmed for me the common belief that you should do what you love and the rest will follow. The media outlets we visited had people who loved their jobs and who had been in the business for a long time. It was reassuring to actually be interested in learning about these places because I know that I’m at least in the right profession.
Just like Andrew’s blog post, one of the greatest things I learned was passion. You have to have passion. The passion that makes you get up in the morning and love going to work. The passion to do a job for many years without getting sick of it. The passion to inspire others with your own passion.
I’ve had a few problems in figuring out my passion, but one thing seems to continuously stay on my radar.
I’ve had a love-hate relationship with photography. I’ve been taking photos for as long as I can remember, but I’ve always been afraid to fully commit myself to it.
I don’t like having my photos judged by other people. I don’t like having the expectation that you can never take a bad photo. I don’t like how everyone else is a photographer. I don’t like how it’s an almost-impossible business to get into. I don’t like how expensive the dang equipment is.
But, I do love it. I really do. I love the adrenaline rush I get when I take a cool photo. I love having the ability to capture a moment in life that you can never get back. I love being able to have an impact on people with a simple photograph. I love being able to tell stories visually. I love being able to capture a person’s personality or the intensity of a situation with the single click of a shutter.
Unfortunately, I have learned that there isn’t really an industry for just photojournalists.
The only place we visited that offered the job that I would want was the Associated Press. It seemed to be the only place that actually hired photographers to strictly do photography. Looks like my options are slim.
Even though there isn’t a market for photojournalism, and basically everyone is a photographer now, doesn’t mean that I can’t do it. As long as I have the passion and drive for it, I will be perfectly fine.
So, with that huge introduction, I created a slideshow of some of the photos I took while in New York. I didn’t want to lug a giant camera on this trip, so I brought my itty-bitty Canon PowerShot. These photos aren’t the best, but here are some of my favorites I’ve taken so far.